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Paul Robinson has said that the Premier League and the EFL need to aligned and have an agreement in place to ensure promotion and relegation is “as fair as possible for everybody”.
The two leagues are currently working on their own timetables, with the Championship running around a week behind the top-flight.
Leeds should be free to train at Thorp Arch on Monday, albeit under strict Coronavirus guidelines.
The current restart date for the Championship is June 20 but it’s far from certain whether that will happen and while the governing bodies are aligned in their desire for relegation and promotion, there’s been no official statement on how this would be done in all circumstances.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “The Premier League and the EFL have to be closely aligned. Their timing needs to align and there needs to be some sort of agreement between the two of them.
“We had Rick Parry come out last week and say that he wanted three teams promoted.
“If it [the Championship] gets scrapped that would be Leeds and West Brom, and then they possibly do some sort of play-off for the third place. The teams that are in the top six after the points-per-game model would have a play-off for the last promotion place.
“But I can see why teams think it’s unfair to get relegated if the season doesn’t get completed.
“The Premier League is a priority to get restarted but whatever the Premier League does I think the Championship has to fall in line.
“I’d like to see football settled on the pitch, not on a computer. If the rest of the games are played and three get relegated and three get promoted there can be no arguments.
“If it has to be at neutral venues or training grounds, so be it. It has to be as fair as possible for everybody.”
The issue of natural venues has gone for the moment, with both leagues trying hard for games to be played in home and away stadiums.
There’s already been talk that some Premier League clubs would try and block promotion if the Championship isn’t finished.
Playing out both leagues would nullify that argument and also make it as fair as possible for everyone, top and bottom.
Now we just have to wait and hope, but clarity from the EFL and the Premier League in the meantime would be good.
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