Paul Barber says the Premier League must not make a false start after the Covid-19 pandemic.

There is still no indication as to when action will resume.

But Albion’s deputy chairman insists timing is key.

He said: “I think that’s a fear that we’ve all got because realistically that is something that could happen.

“So, in the case of our scenario-planning, that’s something that we have to be conscious, that starting again doesn’t necessarily mean finishing in the time frame we have set out.

“At the same time, we are trying to be optimistic, we are trying to be led by the Government and its scientific teams.

“The Premier League has a great relationship with the government so they will be getting great information.

“Then we will follow whatever advice we receive.

“Whatever we have to do, play behind closed doors to keep everybody as safe as possible, then we will do.

“It’s just so difficult to predict all of the answers to all of the questions because there are so many questions.”

Barber is keen to be flexible and adaptable as the coronavirus situation develops.

He added: “I was looking at the notes of a call I did a couple of weeks ago and so many things have changed in terms of what we were thinking and answering two weeks ago.

“So in two weeks it could be different again.

“In two months it will almost certainly be. So I think we have to remain optimistic and we have to take to prepare for every eventuality.”

The Women’s European Championship finals will now take place between July 6 and 31, 2022.

It is understood new dates for the tournament, which includes two group fixtures and a quarter-final at the Amex and was originally due to be played in the summer of 2021, have now been agreed.

It is expected that they will be formally announced following UEFA’s executive committee meeting tomorrow.