Reliable journalist delivers Weds EFL update, moots possible new promotion/relegation plan
With Leeds United waiting for more definite news on the 19/20 Championship campaign, talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook has said that EFL clubs have still not been asked to vote on how League One should be concluded.
He says that this means there is unlikely to be any definitive outcome from the EFL meeting that is taking place today.
Talking on talkSPORT on Wednesday (12.30am), Crook said a vote probably wouldn’t take place until the end of the week or possibly even the start of next week.
Crook did say that he expects the final outcome to be that League One will end early with points-per-game to decide final positions.
However, he also mooted the possibility of play-offs being used to decide both promotion and relegation – the first time we’ve heard of that being a possibility for clubs at the bottom of the league.
Not expecting any definite outcome re the remainder of the League One season from today's #EFL board meeting. Clubs not yet been asked to vote. I still think we are heading towards a PPG scenario (not weighted) with play-offs to decide promotion and maybe even relegation too
— Alex Crook ⚽️🎙 (@alex_crook) May 20, 2020
This news will disappoint Leeds fans who were hoping to get more clarity from today’s meeting, although we still expect a statement from the EFL later today outlining next steps and reaffirming its commitment to play out the remainder of the Championship.
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The possibility of using play-offs to decide relegation is an interesting one, although we’re not convinced it would simplify things or help get more clubs on board.
If the season is set to end on points-per-game, the bottom three are the only teams that would have an interest in voting for relegation play-offs.
Why would other sides who are safe under PPG vote for a system that would potentially drag them into the drop zone?
It would certainly placate teams like Tranmere, who have a game in hand and would only be in the bottom three on goal difference if they won it.
However, we still think a straight PPG system is the most likely with play-offs for the third promotion place.
For Leeds fans, the important thing is that relegation and promotion does happen across all leagues. The last thing Leeds need is the EFL to set a precedent that could be used by desperate Premier League clubs to avoid the drop.
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