New Premier League plans could see managers take part in live half-time interviews from next season.
Proposals for bosses to be quizzed during the break of broadcasts have been sent to the 20 top-flight clubs, according to the Daily Mail. Prem sides will vote on whether they want the new feature to be introduced at their annual general meeting after the current campaign has concluded in June.
A maximum of five half-time interviews per season would apply to each manager. And they would not be approached if their side was losing the match after the first 45 minutes of action.
It's claimed the plans have been given a warm reception by media departments around the country. Whether the same can be said for the likes of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp – who has had a fair few heated interviews – remains to be seen.
Half-time interviews on live TV were previously put forward as part of suggestions for Project Restart when English football returned following a pandemic-enforced break in 2020.
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Those proposals, which also included cameras in dressing rooms and microphones in the technical area, were rejected by the Premier League clubs at the time.
However, half-time interviews are commonplace in American sports and could now be introduced as a standalone change. They will take place either at the start or at the end of the interval.
Currently, Prem managers are obliged to conduct a pre and post-match press conference along with their media duties on a matchday, which includes an interview before and after the 90 for those games which are broadcasted.
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