QPR manager Mark Warburton has put forward a radical suggestion for the 19/20 and 20/21 Championship seasons that would suit Leeds United down to the ground.
Warburton claimed that the 19/20 season has to be finished for the “integrity of the competition”.
That’s the same message that’s come from the EFL and Premier League board meetings this week.
However, the unknown is still how this happens if games can’t resume this summer, with some parties still saying the season would have to be voided.
Warburton has a radical solution that would see teams promoted as normal this season.
Talking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show (talkSPORT, Friday, 8am) Warburton said of players training at home: “They’ve got worries and concerns. We’ve got to be morally and socially responsible.
“If we get the call that says the season is going to start on August 1 then we’d try and get players together in the first week of July to get them in some sort of match fitness.
“For the integrity of the competition, we have to finish the domestic season even if that means going into September.
“If next season is played as half a season, with half the games at home and half of them away, then so be it.
“When we come back the crowds will be eager to see it.”
Whatever it takes
Fair play to Mark Warburton. QPR are in mid-table and while they’re only six points off the play-offs, they’re not favourites to make the top six.
For him to be saying the season needs to be finished whatever it takes shows the solidarity in the Championship that was proved when all 24 clubs came together to send a message to the EFL.
The idea for a truncated 20/21 season shows the sort of radical, progressive thinking that we need to sort this mess out – but it will have knock-on effects.
It would demand unity with the Premier League doing the same and it would mean that Leeds’ first season back in the top flight (if we secure promotion) would be a short one.
That’s not ideal but we’re getting to the point where there aren’t many ideal situations left bar a miracle in terms of the Coronavirus pandemic dying out.
At the moment, the most important thing is to get this season finished, by hook or by crook.
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