By David Woods

9th May, 2020 | 9:56am

Reliable journalist: Key development in Championship; could lead to Leeds being handed promotion

According to Martyn Ziegler, the chief sports reporter for the Times, there are a “growing number of Championship clubs” who now want the season to end early – with Leeds United and West Brom set to be handed promotion if that happens.

The clubs want the season to be called on a points-per-game basis with a play-off to decide the final promotion place.

That’s the contingency plan that the EFL was said to have for the Championship back at the start of May.

The good news is that Leeds would be promoted to the Premier League without playing another game.

Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston would make the play-offs.

It is now looking highly likely that Leagues One and Two will be decided that way.

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The Athletic has reported that they will be abandoned next week with a vote on how to decide promotion and relegation. A weighted points-per-game model is likely.

The EFL is still pushing to get the Championship games played but they’re looking to play in home and away stadiums, and that’s not been received well by the UK’s Football Policing Unit, Mark Roberts.

The Times claim the EFL are already looking at ways that fans can be stopped from congregating.

More will be known from the government’s update on Sunday and the Premier League meeting on Monday.

What’s going to happen? The MOT View

We think the Premier League will play out the remaining fixtures.

We’re convinced Leagues One and Two will be ended early, probably next week.

We were sure the Championship would restart too but we’re now moving towards an early end there too.

We’re not sure why the EFL is pushing to play at home and away stadiums when not even the Premier league thinks that’s realistic.

Points-per-game might not be the way that the Leeds players want to win promotion. It means there will always be an asterisk over their achievements.

However, promotion is the key and points-per-game would deliver that.

We’d be happy to be proved wrong – we’d love to watch Leeds win promotion on the pitch.

But, the good news is that it’s looking almost 99% certain that Leeds will go up if no more action takes place in the Championship.

Ironically, restarting the Championship now probably represents the biggest threat to Leeds getting promoted.

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