The lack of football because of coronavirus is hitting everybody hard… even multi-award winning music superstars.
Robbie Williams joined talkSPORT on Tuesday evening and bemoaned what feels like ‘the longest international break we’ve had… ever’.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the worldwide shutdown of sport, with professional football in England suspended until April 30 at the earliest.
The United Kingdom itself has gone into lockdown following government advice, with more than 25,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 2,000 deaths.
The hope to see sport return as soon as next month seems very, very optimistic, and the FA made the decision last week to end the season immediately for clubs at Steps 3 to 6 in the non-league pyramid – and divisions higher up could soon follow.
And given how much Robbie is missing football when it is just suspended, we have no idea how he will cope if the season is cancelled entirely!
The Port Vale fan told talkSPORT’s Sports Bar: “Football is like one of the only constants in my life as a passion – I absolutely love it.
“To be honest I’ve been getting a little bored of the soap opera of the Premier League over the past couple of seasons, because you can kind of see where things are going.
“When Liverpool are so far in front, I kind of go, ‘what’s the point?’ I love it when there are four or five teams battling for the top.
“Obviously I’m a big fan of Port Vale so I’ve been going back there to watch them this season and I’ve been loving that. And I watch how Manchester United are doing and that is really boring.
“This is like the longest international break we’ve had… ever!”
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Stoke-born Robbie has a homecoming gig at the Valiants’ Vale Park stadium scheduled for June, and coronavirus has yet to force the show to be cancelled or postponed.
However, one event Robbie is involved with later this year HAS been postponed due to the pandemic – Soccer Aid.
The charity match was due to take place at Old Trafford on June 6, and Soccer Aid remain committed to ensuring a game is played later this year.
The 46-year-old added: “There are a lot of people asking questions about gigs and Soccer Aid and we are with everybody else – we have no crystal ball; we don’t know when this is going to end or what this means.
“With the Premier League we are just waiting to see what happens.”
“[My gig at Port Vale] hasn’t been cancelled yet, but once again that’s another one of those things where it’s your guess is as good as mine.
“Obviously we want it to go ahead, and we shall see. There will be news, I will say, either which way in the next week or so.”
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But what does the future hold for Robbie?
He reunited with Take That in 2010, and even after leaving the group the following year he has performed with them on three separate occasions.
So, could another reunion be on the cards somewhere down the road?
“Here’s what I figured out the other day,” he finished.
“With projects you do, each project takes two years or three years to pull off, whether it be a TV show or an album, or whatever it is.
“I’ve just figured out that, and here’s a sombre thought for you all, I’m 46; if I have 30 more good years in the business, I’ve got 12 or 13 projects left.
“Will one of those be Take That? I don’t know… but I will hazard a guess and say ‘yes’.
“But I’ve got so many ideas I want to do and so many things I want to fulfil that I know what I am doing for the next five years, and it doesn’t involve Take That.”
And pushed by Sports Bar host Andy Goldstein for further clarification, Robbie gave in and admitted: “Yes, I do want to do another gig with Take That.”
Listen to Robbie Williams’ interview with talkSPORT, in full, above…