By Neil Champney

24th May, 2020 | 8:00am

'Good for them' - EFL club chief praises Leeds for putting 'balls' on the line in promotion push

Peterborough United owner Darragh MacAnthony has praised Leeds United for having the “balls” to want to play their remaining Championship matches this season. 

The Whites have nine games left in their promotion push, and are calling for those fixtures to be completed as initially planned.

That eagerness comes despite the fact that they would be promoted as champions if the EFL were to resort to deciding league standings on the basis of a points per game average.


And MacAnthony, whose own club are equally keen for their League One campaign to be completed on the pitch, has hailed Leeds for their courage on the matter.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, the club chief said: “Both Leeds and West Brom know they can win promotion on the field and [are] willing to put their balls, so to speak, on the line.

“Good for them.”

This isn’t just about having the courage to back ourselves in the battle for promotion, but is just as much about things being done properly for the sake of integrity.

Yesterday we saw a report from the Telegraph suggesting that Hull City have sent a second letter to the EFL asking for the Championship season to be voided.

Ultimately, for a side who haven’t won since New Year’s Day and are currently just two points above the drop zone, it’s hard to see their demands as anything other than pure self-interest, rooted in their desire to avoid relegation.

That’s an incredibly disappointing stance to take, and while we all know that Leeds could coast their way into the top flight next term on the back of a PPG, you won’t find anybody associated with the club who doesn’t want to see Marcelo Bielsa’s squad back in action as soon as possible.

As nice as it is for MacAnthony to commend us for that outlook, it really should really be the norm.

In other Leeds United news, ‘I have no doubt’ – Lee Bowyer issues verdict on Leeds promotion hopes.