Championship season set to resume before Premier League, EFL chiefs also planning salary cap


Championship games could resume before the Premier League.

The EFL held a board meeting on Wednesday where they discussed the need to move forward to the second level and are also determined to introduce a salary cap.

But league one and two is likely to be over with tables decided on a points-per-match basis – although play-off matches are maintained.

However, the Championship had wanted to restart from June 6 but this could be questioned because training will not resume until May 25, even if it seems that they are ahead of the elite.

The EFL will take part in talks with the government, the Premier League and the Association of Professional Footballers on Thursday to try to get the green light.

Championship season could resume early next month

But the championship should play behind closed doors, in their own stadiums, and possibly use teams from the St. John Ambulance during matches.

This means the season will run, giving Leeds and West Brom the chance to be promoted while the play-offs and relegation will remain.

The other major issue discussed at the Championship, which was discussed between the clubs at their meeting yesterday afternoon, was the salary cap.

Mirror Sport understands that they must agree on a figure between £ 15 and £ 20 million for the total payroll.

Wayne Rooney exercises his profession in the championship with Derby

Then, any club above this figure – which is always the case with relegated teams – will only be able to sign new players with £ 10,000 per week, which is the average salary of the championship until their finances comply with the salary ceiling.

League one and two will meet again on Friday and there will likely be tremendous tension over how they end their season, now knowing that they will no longer play games.

It should be decided on a basis of points per match, but some clubs want this weighting to take into account the results and the form at home and away, which could still be a major stumbling block.

Promotion and relegation will certainly stay in place – and the EFL is also keen to keep play-off matches for League One and Two.

The championship is now about to restart with matches starting June 6

Play-offs could still be played behind closed doors at Wembley, it would be a fairer way to solve the problem and it is still a money stream for the EFL.

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber insists that all relegation and promotion issues be resolved on the field and no club should make it to the championship if they cannot finish their matches.

Webber said, “In my opinion, this must be resolved on the field, not off the field, because a big question we have around the restart is that everything is fine if we restart and three teams are relegated.

“If we do it (end the season and come back down), fine – because that’s where football should be played: on the field and not in the conference room.

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“But the Championship must also restart and play all of its games. What we could not accept is a situation where we play all our matches, are relegated, but the Championship can no longer play.

“Anyone who is promoted from the Championship, it’s a slog of 46 or 49 games, so I think it’s a really important sporting point: it has to be settled on the field, both up and down, and we accept it.

“Look, Leeds should be promoted, we all want Leeds to come back to the Premier League someday – any real football fan thinks they should be back in the Premier League – but they have to do it on the pitch. “

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