Phil Hay has tipped the Championship season to resume next month, handing Leeds United the chance to continue their bid to win automatic promotion.
The Telegraph reported on Thursday that the Premier League season will resume on June 17 with Aston Villa versus Sheffield United and Manchester City versus Arsenal scheduled to kick-off.
It is also reported that all remaining top-flight matches will be completed in a six-week period with all matches aired live on television.
According to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay, once the Premier League resumes, the Championship will not be far behind while the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post reporter adds that he expects second-tier clubs to be able to start contact training “shortly”.
If the Premier League is on (as it seems to be), the Championship won’t be far behind. Expect a step up to contact training shortly. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 28, 2020
This is superb news for Leeds because since the season was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Whites have made it very clear they want to complete all nine of their remaining fixtures.
Leeds’ promotion bid was left in limbo in early March with Marcelo Bielsa’s side on a five-match winning streak that put them top of the Championship table and seven points clear of third-place.
There were concerns that the season would be declared null and void and that the Premier League would block promotion from the Championship but it seems that the top-two flights will be able to resume and the Yorkshire giants are going to get what they wished for.