Ex-Leeds chief shares 'unanimous view' of top-six Ch'ship clubs as 'nonsensical' plan is mooted
Leeds United, West Brom, Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston all agree that the Championship season needs to be finished, according to Peter Ridsdale.
The Preston advisor, who was previously the chairman of Leeds, has said he’s spoken to the top-six clubs in the Championship and all of them want the current season to be concluded at some point.
On Friday, the EFL suspended all fixtures until the start of April due to the coronavirus pandemic that is causing havoc across the world.
Plenty of ideas have been mooted about how football should react to the suspension as many do not expect to see the action reconvene on April 3, as currently planned.
One idea that has cropped up a lot would be to hand Liverpool the Premier League title, hand promotions to Leeds and West Brom and play with 22 teams in the top-flight next season with no one being relegated.
While it seems fairer than nulling and voiding the campaign, forcing Liverpool to miss out on their first-ever Premier League title and Leeds’ return to the top-flight after 16 years, Ridsdale is not a fan of it.
“I’ve never heard anything so nonsensical in my life,” Ridsdale told Sky Sports..
“Who says that Leeds and West Brom are the two teams to go up? I’m not suggesting they won’t eventually, but the only way to determine that is after the 46 games.
“I also think it’s disappointing that the primary voices that we’ve heard over the last few days in the Premier League suggesting no relegation, happen to be teams that currently are sitting precariously above the bottom three.
“Therefore that does appear to be self-interest. The only thing that’s right and proper is that at some point in time, we complete the season.”
It’s fair enough. Although Leeds and West Brom are seven and six points ahead of third-place respectively, neither are guaranteed promotion with nine games left to play.
Ridsdale has also said that he’s spoken with the top-six Championship sides and all of them want to see out the rest of the season at some point.
He added: “The riches of the Premier League are in stark contrast to those in the Football League and we think it’s very important that the season is completed at some point in time in the future.
“Certainly talking to the six clubs currently in the top six positions in the Championship, there is a unanimous view that we must complete the season.”
Finishing the current season is definitely the least controversial move but also could be one of the hardest to pull off.
Let’s say that football is not able to resume until June or July comes around. What happens with contracts and loan deals that expire in May and June? What happens with the transfer window, EURO 2020, pre-season training, a summer break and the start of next season?
There’ll be a lot of questions to answer.
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