talkSPORT broadcaster Adrian Durham has hit out at the EFL after it released a statement on how seasons should end – an edict that could have a huge impact on Leeds United.
The Wednesday statement said that playing out the 19/20 seasons should be the objective but opened the door for a vote to end campaigns early.
The key part of the statement read: “The Board considers that the majority required to curtail the 2019/20 season in any division should be 51%. Determining whether or not to curtail the season is a decision for each division to take.”
That came as a surprise to us. The Premier League requires a 14/6 vote to change any rules and we thought a similar weight would be applied to the EFL.
A straight majority means it’s a lot easier for seasons to end and talkSPORT broadcaster Adrian Durham believes this is a “disgrace” and used Tranmere as an example of a club who could now get relegated off the pitch despite being in brilliant form.
They’ve won their last three and are now just three points off the dropzone with a game in hand.
The four teams above them have only won one of their last five games.
Talking on Drive (talkSPORT, Thursday, 5pm), “It’s really weird that you’ve got three teams on 59 points and three teams on 60 points [at the top of League One]. And yet they’ve decided to do it on unweighted points per game.
“It’s up to the clubs to vote and they need 51%. It should be 75%.
“Can you imagine being a club chairman and not wanting to play football? How has Rick Parry come up with that? It’s a disgrace.
“This is clearly one of the least fair ways of doing it. I can’t believe Tranmere are going to get relegated. You’ve got three teams they can realistically catch up with ahead of them making lots of noise about not wanting to play and they want us to believe it’s about money?”
We can see where Durham is coming from.
And he thinks that any clubs that are voting to end the season are doing so purely from self-interest.
We’ve certainly got a lot of sympathy for Tranmere, with their chairman saying deciding the season on PPG would be unjust.
It will be interesting to see how the Championship plays out with the season ending being in the interests of sides like Hull. They’ve already said they want the Championship abandoned and sit just one place above the bottom three. Funny that.
We strongly believe that the Championship should have required 75% of the teams to vote for such a major rule change.
That would have meant it would need 18 clubs to vote for an early end – and that would have been very unlikely to get through.
13 is likely set to be a lot closer. Disgrace might be too strong a word but we’re broadly aligned with Durham’s view.
We want the season to end on the pitch and that’s what Leeds want. It might end up out of their hands and it could leave 11 Championship clubs seriously disgruntled.
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