The League One and Two season ‘could be cancelled as early as next week’ according to reports from the Telegraph on Wednesday.
The EFL are set to meet next Thursday, and the prospect of cancelling the two divisions’ seasons will be raised and then potentially voted on by clubs.
The report says the EFL has already widespread opinion among clubs and has found an overwhelming desire to call the season now, with as few as three League One clubs keen to complete the remaining schedule.
Any vote to cancel the season at this stage would require a majority of 75%. It also looks like the majority in League Two want to end it now.
There is still talks on whether play-offs would be staged later in the summer if the remaining games are cancelled – however it looks more likely that promotion and relegation will go ahead based on points-per-game average.
A study has found that it will cost clubs at least £700,000 to stage their remaining games with no way of clubs getting back that sort of money, especially if they are played behind closed doors.
EFL chairman Rick Parry has urged the government to make a quick decision, suggesting that the campaign had to be completed by the 31st of July 31 due to the contract issues of players.
All the leagues for the 2019/2020 season should be abandoned.
It will be fortunate if the 2020/2021 season even takes place.
This is the reality.
— Steve Johnson (@Veldpark) May 6, 2020
Let’s hope not but can’t really see any other way ?
— Aaron (@Aaron25650310) May 7, 2020
People are dying. None of this matters
— Tony Webber (@awebberuk) May 6, 2020
Excellent. The correct and proper way to go. With social distancing still in place and even though the curve is flatter, no sign of a significant drop in the number of deaths and of course no vaccine. Loan players going back too. Scrap it.
— Ian Davies (@loftedondrive) May 7, 2020
The financial reality of trying to run a Football League club with no income is hitting home. Wycombe may get the 3rd promotion spot on points/game. Next, the mad rush to release players.
— Dermot Wickham (@HertsTimelord) May 6, 2020
I agree L1and L2 should be curtailed as it isn’t financially viable to continue. However, null and void would be be incredibly harsh on clubs who have achieved for a season which is already 80% completed. In my view, there should be promotions based on PPG and no relegations.
— Mike Craggs (@MikeinBrum) May 6, 2020
Void the season including championship and premiership. Only fair
— Mark Tompkins (@Mark_cobbler) May 6, 2020