'Right thing to do' – Exclusive: Pundit delivers verdict on critical Leeds promotion decision
We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…
Paul Robinson has said he’s not surprised that Leeds will vote to end the season and win promotion on the pitch, rather than looking to be crowned champions and promoted automatically on points-per-game.
The EFL votes are set for next week – first on the recommendations that have been put forward. That’s a framework to agree on how things should progress if the season can’t be played, with unweighted points-per-game the EFL’s solution.
The second vote would be league specific and would be whether to play out the season or not.
If there is promotion and relegation either way, the only way Leeds can miss out on the Premier League is to play on. However, Robinson said that voting to play on is “the right thing to do”.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Leeds’ stance, they’ve been very quiet throughout the whole thing so far because they’re in a very strong position.
“If they were to say they wanted the season scrapped it would be seen to be the obvious thing because they have the most to gain.
“I think they want to win it on merit and it’s the right thing to do. It puts any doubters, any teams that want relegation blocked or promotion blocked, to bed.
“If the season is finished there will be promotion and relegation, and it’s the right way to do it as long as it’s safe for the players.
“There’s no confusion or people saying Leeds shouldn’t go up.
“This way you play the games, you get the points, and you either get promoted on merit or relegated on merit. It’s the ideal way for the seasons to end.”
We’d hate for Bielsa to win promotion via email – it wouldn’t be any sort of reward for the work he’s put in and what he’s achieved at Elland Road.
The Leeds players returned to training on Monday and the first round of Coronavirus testing came back with just two positives from Hull.
It means that the road to restart is now clear and we can’t see the vote in the Championship even being close.
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