'I know in the Championship' – Rival owner makes big claim about direction of season-ending vote
Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown has said that “all the clubs” in the Championship want to vote to play out the rest of the season, which would be a major boost to Leeds United.
Lansdown was talking ahead of an EFL vote early next week to play on or end the season on points-per-game.
That eventuality would see Bristol City finish the season in seventh, one spot outside of the play-off places.
Talking about the situation in Leeds Live, Lansdown said that missing out would be “gut-wrenching” but no different to missing out on the final day of the season.
However, two lines will be of big interest to Leeds United and their fans.
The first won’t go down well: “I just think that there’s unfinished business out there and I don’t think anybody should get a promotion or be relegated without the full number of games played.”
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The second is a lot more positive. “I think everybody agrees with that actually across the board and I know in the Championship all the clubs want that to happen and will vote for that to happen.”
Lansdown also said that Leeds and West Brom are “brave” for wanting to play on rather than just taking promotion on points-per-game.
Brave. That’s one way of describing the Leeds stance. Another is confident. Leeds ran away with the Championship this season and, along with West Brom, are much better than the rest of the teams in the league.
If Leeds had managed to find a 20-goal striker then the story would be even more clearcut.
Lansdown also said it would be a “hollow victory” if it was decided on points-per-game, but we don’t agree.
We’d much rather do it on the pitch – and thankfully that’s the way it’s looking – but points-per-game would be a fair way of settling the final nine games.
Talking on Sky Sports News (Sky Sports, Tuesday, 1pm), Bristol City manager Lee Johnson said all his players are happy to return to training.
“It was fantastic and good to see everyone. You don’t realise how much you missed them. We feel it’s safe, I’ve had no qualms from the players.”
It’s all positive and hopefully Lansdown isn’t exaggerating when he says that all the Championship clubs are on board with the restart.
However, we think Hull, unless they’ve had a big change of heart, will have something different to say and this could be mere politicking from the Bristol City owner.
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