Championship clubs have agreed to “rush through” the remainder of the season in news that’s great for the promotion bid for Leeds United.
That’s according to a report in the Mirror that claims the Championship could now return before the Premier League in a bid to get the fixtures finished before July 31.
The report claims that could negate any problems that would be thrown up by contracts that would be due to expire at the end of July.
That would cause major problems and the Championship has reportedly agreed to “blast through” the 108 remaining fixtures.
It means the 19/20 Championship could end as early as July 18, with play-offs taking place before the end of the month.
There’s just one team – Hull City – opposing this plan, according to the Mirror and players have signed an agreement return to training on Monday.
This news is even more positive than that coming from the Premier League, with no set end date for Project Restart.
There are a lot of clubs that deserve big kudos for agreeing to a restart, with Hull – one place of the drop zone – the only club that is currently against restarting.
Wigan and Middlesbrough are the two clubs on the same points as Hull and with the most to lose from restarting.
But former Leeds manager Garry Monk has said that all managers in the Championship want all the 108 remaining fixtures played.
Millwall have called for promoted teams to pay the testing bills for all Championship clubs to get the season finished, which is commendable.
But it’s the attitude of the teams at the bottom of the Championship, and those in danger of getting related if the season resumes, that deserve the most credit here.
Both Norwich and Brighton have said promotion from the Championship should be blocked if the games aren’t finished.
So far, no clubs in the Championship are acting with the same self-interest, bar Hull, and that’s a huge positive for Leeds.
And even Hull were moved to put out a statement following the leaked email that said they weren’t happy with their stance being made public, that suggests where the mood lies with the other 23 clubs.
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