Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has hailed the news that both the Premier League and the Championship are set to restart in mid-June.
The Premier League announced its restart last week and the EFL followed suit with news on the Championship returning on June 20 in a statement released on Sunday night.
Redknapp was asked what he made of the news and he said it would give “everyone a lift” and ensure that teams are promoted and relegated in the “fairest way”.
Talking on The Football Show (Sky Sports, Monday, 9am), Redknapp said, “Yeah, it’s great news. It will give everyone a lift and it’s what everyone wants.
“There were obviously reservations to start with over player safety. You wanted to make sure everything was in place so that players could return to a safe environment.
“It looks like they’ve guaranteed that now and players seem to be happy.
“We want to see a situation where you have relegation and promotion and the teams that have put in all the hard work finish the season in the fairest way.
“Hopefully, we can get the ending we want and teams that deserve to lift trophies do and the teams that get relegated deserve to be relegated.”
Pretty much everyone in the football world is happy with this news but it hasn’t given everyone a lift.
QPR CEO Leo Hoos put out a very strong statement saying that he was “stunned” and “appalled” by the news.
He said that clubs hadn’t been informed of the decision until 40 minutes before the statement was put out.
He also said that QPR isn’t the only club in the Championship who is opposed to the restart date.
— QPR FC (@QPR) June 1, 2020
Leeds, on the other hand, will be delighted that they’ve got a start date to work towards.
They’ve consistently called for the Championship to restart, despite the fact that they would be declared champions if it was ended on points-per-game.
That’s the Leeds United way. We want to win on the pitch and we’re confident of doing that from June 20.
There was always going to be some opposition to the news but we can’t understand QPR. They’re in mid-table, six points off the play-offs and 11 points off the drop zone.
It’s not like the June 20 date has come as a major surprise and it’s the same for everyone.
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