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EFL send radical plan to clubs to finish the 2019/20 campaign

EFL send radical plan to clubs to finish the 2019/20 campaign which could be completed in just 56 days – with games to go behind closed doors.

In a letter to all clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two, which has been seen by the Gazette, EFL chairman Rick Parry has revealed his plan to finish the season in just 56 days with fixtures set to be played behind closed doors.

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That timeframe, which is the same as eight weeks, would see all remaining fixtures, plus the play-offs, completed.

The EFL have also told all clubs NOT to return to training until May 16 at the earliest – but are asking to give sides adequate time to prepare for the resumption of the campaign.

In the letter, chairman Rick Parry writes: “We currently estimate that the League will require approximately 56 days to complete the outstanding matches in the season (including Play-Offs) and we are committed to ensuring that clubs are provided an appropriate notice period to ensure you are able to prepare operationally given the scale and impact of the postponement in place.

“The EFL Board is currently working on the basis that end-of-season play-offs will take place across all three divisions as normal with two-legged Semi-Finals and a Final, although no decision has been taken on the likely venue as it will depend on the circumstances at play at the time.”

“It is our working assumption at this stage that matches will be played behind closed doors when we eventually return and as part of our contingency planning we are absolutely mindful of the need to try and mitigate the cost of this to Clubs as best we can.”

“Clubs should be advised not to recommence any training activity with players until 16 May at the earliest,” he continued.

“How and when we return (including training) is clearly subject to change and any decisions will be taken in conjunction with the Government and relevant health authorities.”

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