Morecambe manager: Substitute rule should stay as it is for the rest of the season

Morecambe boss Derek Adams doesn’t believe the rules should change mid-season to allow clubs the opportunity of fielding more substitutes.

Saturday, 14th November 2020, 8:00 am

Teams who played over the summer after football’s restart were allowed to make five changes, taking into account the three-month break as a result of Covid-19.

While competitions in other countries have continued allowing their clubs to use five substitutes, English domestic football has reverted back to three.

The issue has raised its head again and looks to be generating increased support as teams suffer a number of injuries and deal with the condensed fixture list.

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Morecambe manager Derek Adams Picture: Getty Images

Morecambe know what it’s like to be without players this season, having seen their 22-man squad hit by a combination of injuries and self-isolation.

However, Adams said: “I don’t think it can come in this season.

“It’s already started, the rules are already in place and we can’t be changing the rules at this point.”

The later start to the campaign, as well as the number of cup competitions, means games have come quickly in the first couple of months, following on from a shorter than normal pre-season.

The Shrimps face midweek matches in four of the next five weeks in addition to Saturday games, meaning recovery time will be at a premium.

“I think that’s always going to be the case because we’re playing Saturday-Tuesday for a period of time,” Adams acknowledged, when asked if they were playing too many games in too short a space of time.

“Clubs have smaller squads but, in terms of the pre-season, that time wasn’t a lot and then the games have come thick and fast.”

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