Will Leeds United get to battle for their promotion on the pitch this season? Or will the Championship be abandoned and Leeds awarded the title on points-per-game?
These seem like the only two options on the table after a dramatic week of meetings involving the EFL and the Premier League.
In a fascinating article titled, “What really happened inside English football’s crisis talks” the Athletic combined the might of seven of their journalists to provide extra detail from insiders on the “crisis talks” that were held.
One fascinating quote from a Championship chairman shows that the bid for Leeds to win promotion on the pitch is currently on a knife-edge.
The Athletic quoted the chairman as saying on Friday night, “There’s a 50/50 chance we finish the season. A number of clubs who are safe would like to draw a line under it.”
Hull were said to be the side who were most vocal about abandoning the season, and they would be safe on a points-per-game basis.
They’re currently just one place above the dropzone, though.
It’s a luxury situation for Leeds United fans at the moment – although there are still potential legal challenges that could change things.
Would you prefer for Leeds to gamble and play the remaining nine games and win promotion on the pitch?
Or take the title and automatic promotion on a points-per-game model?
The second path is guaranteed bar any dramatic u-turn from the EFL, Premier League and FA, who have all committed to promotion and relegation.
However, promotion that way would come with a big asterisk over it.
We’d rather play it out and the Leeds players have said the same.
We’re sure that Leeds would go on to win promotion if the nine final games of the season are played and we want to see the players celebrating on the pitch rather than the club finding out about promotion via an email from the EFL.
However, if the Championship doesn’t resume, we’re more than happy to take promotion on sporting merit – Leeds have deserved it.
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