'Sick and tired' – Sky Sports pundit wants just two games to be played and Leeds to be promoted
If football can’t resume on April 30, Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham wants just two games to be played and the clubs in the automatic promotion spots – like Leeds United – to be promoted.
In his column in the Sun, he has said he is “sick and tired” of all the talk being about completing the Premier League so that Liverpool can win the title.
He said the real focus in the football world should be the clubs in the lower leagues and ensuring they don’t go bust.
“Without a doubt, the biggest priority has to be making sure we don’t see smaller clubs throughout the football pyramid going bust, through no fault of their own,” Higginbotham said.
“If football cannot resume on April 30, which looks highly unlikely, we need to draw a line under this season.”
If that happens he has said there should be no relegation this season and that all the clubs in the automatic spots, which would include Leeds, should get promoted.
He did say there should be two exceptions.
“There is an argument to say that Sheffield United could get fifth with their game in hand, while Aston Villa could get out of the drop zone.
“In that case, those are the only games I would consider playing (across the other leagues, no teams with games in hand can affect automatic promotion).”
Our view – finish the season
We can see where Higginbotham is coming from. However, despite it being in Leeds’ interest to be handed promotion, we’d prefer the season is finished whenever that might be.
And we can’t see football resuming on April 30.
A worrying report in the Mail said that there were six clubs in the Championship that are in danger of going bust because of lost revenues.
Leeds weren’t specifically named as one of these clubs but were said to be one of the most vulnerable.
Lower down the leagues, things will be even worse.
Playing behind closed doors – if that’s the other option to scrapping the league – will mean clubs lose money but there are ways of mitigating this.
Selling live streams is one but ultimately money is going to have to trickle down from the top.
It’s in no one’s interest to have clubs go bust en masse.
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