Players below the championship have been advised that the chances of the current season being over are diminishing.
With Premier League leaders meeting tomorrow to discuss the “restart of the project,” the EFL is also grappling with the problem of how best to find a way to solve the problems caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
With most championship clubs still determined to find a way to end the season, the resolution should weaken further down the league table.
Players below the league have been told that hopes for the current season are dwindling
There are a number of options on the table to decide the final ranking for the 2019-20 season
Now, after a meeting of the EFL board of directors yesterday, club captains and PFA representatives have been asked to pass on to their teammates the very real possibility of no longer playing football.
Sportsmail understands that players have been told in the past 24 hours that, despite plans to resume training in May, there are very few EFL expectations for football played in June.
In terms of supporters, they should not return to the EFL stadiums until next January at the earliest.
One of the main problems faced by the EFL is the high number of coronavirus tests for players that would be required to bring the current season to a successful conclusion.
It is understood that the number has reached tens of thousands and EFL clubs and members are wondering what it would look like at a time when there is currently not enough for the NHS and key workers.
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To determine the outcome of the current season, championship clubs – including Leeds leaders – still want to play. Below, the image is less clear.
Players have learned that using the “sports merit” system is one of the options on the table. This would allow you to see the final ranking of the teams according to the number of points won per game played.
It is possible, if this system was accepted and used, that the clubs in the automatic promotion places go up without any team going down.
However, this would require an agreement with the Premier League and is far from being ratified. Many clubs believe that, as far as possible, the centuries-old promotion and relegation system should not be disrupted if possible.
West Brom is currently second in the championship in the latest automatic promotion spot
A difficult question that has been asked of players over the past 24 hours concerns those who are out of contract.
As Sportsmail revealed last week, EFL clubs are not prepared to pay players whose contracts end in June extra money if the season continues and extends through July, August and even at -of the. They will just expect them to play.
Players have now been invited by their PFA representatives to vote on whether they think this is acceptable and whether they would be willing to do so. This could still be a break, as some clubs simply cannot compete without the services of players during the last year of their contract.