'Let's not be too hasty' - Robbie Savage hits out at EFL suspension idea that would hurt Leeds
Robbie Savage has blasted people who are calling for the Premier League and EFL to be null and voided amid the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the world.
Leeds United sit top of the Championship table as it stands and are just nine matches away from a likely promotion to the Premier League.
It has been almost 16 years since the Whites last played at the pinnacle of English football – a painstaking time for many, many supporters.
Finally, under the charge of Marcelo Bielsa, it’s seemed like automatic promotion is a real possibility but the EFL’s announcement to suspend fixtures for the rest of March has thrown a huge spanner into the works.
A lot of ideas have been floated about on how to make up for lost time and play the matches that are likely to be postponed, with one of those ideas being to scrap the entire 2019/20 season and start again.
But for the likes of Leeds, that would kill months and months of hard work and years and years of yearning for a top-flight return.
Ex-Birmingham, Leicester and Derby played Savage is having none of it.
“I watched Manchester United’s Europa League win against LASK in an empty stadium on Thursday night, and the absence of fans gave it an eerie atmosphere. It was like commentating on a match played on a games console – it didn’t feel right,” Savage wrote on the Mirror website.
“And to those people who say we should cancel the league and everyone starts again in August in the same division: Try telling Leeds fans, who have been through so many near misses with promotion back to the top flight, that they must go back to square one again in the Championship.
“Try telling Coventry fans, who are dreaming of a return to the upper slopes despite being made homeless again, they will not be given chance to go up.
“Try telling Crewe fans, top of League Two, all the effort may have been for nothing.
“And try telling National League leaders Barrow, turfed out of the Football League by a re-election vote in 1972, that their long wait to get back into the mainstream must continue.
“Those clubs may not get another chance to fulfil their dreams. So let’s not be too hasty about cancelling the season altogether. Let’s not abandon the ship if we can still get it back into the harbour.”
Savage is right but no matter what decision the governing bodies come to, there are going to be clubs who are not happy.
Let’s face it, who wants the season to be null and voided? It will be those who are in relegation zones, just outside promotion spots or are failing in a bid to win a title.
Liverpool won’t want it. Leeds United and West Brom won’t want it. Coventry and Rotherham won’t want it and so on and so forth.
But then you look at teams like Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth, who all occupy the Premier League relegation zone in the as it stands. They’ll no doubt want the season scrapped off. As might teams like Brentford, Nottingham Forest, Charlton, Luton, Barnsley and perhaps even Manchester City.
They can’t do that and we really do not expect them to but this is football. Anything can happen, which is the worrying thing.
In other Leeds United news, Kaveh Solhekol’s update on the football suspension is hugely worrying.