Leagues one and two on the brink with a vote scheduled next week on whether to abandon English divisions
- Voting expected to take place next week to decide to drop leagues one and two
- At a teleconference next Thursday, the question should be raised
- League One executive says it is “inevitable” that the season will be canceled
A vote is expected next week on whether to drop out of leagues one and two.
In a teleconference scheduled for next Thursday – and in a growing desire to end campaigns in a majority of clubs – the question is likely to be raised.
If, as expected, a vote then takes place, it could well see the first seasons of the professional championship in this country bite the dust.
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It will depend very much on the Prime Minister’s directives on Sunday. However, sources have revealed that the only thing that could save the two seasons would be that the remaining games could be played in front of crowds – the possibility of which is far off.
Hosting matches would actually put most clubs in a worse financial situation for a variety of reasons, including the impact of players withdrawn from the government support leave scheme.
Opening the grounds and re-employing staff could cost hundreds of thousands for a group of clubs already on the brink of ruin, and that is before the added cost of site sterilization and regular testing – which doesn’t is not a problem for those in the Premier League – has been taken into account. The threat of legal action if clubs are asked to restart remains in the background.
Any decision could also have a huge impact on League Two leaders Crewe Alexandra
A League One executive said Sportsmail that it was “inevitable” that the season would be canceled.
If that happens, the question will then be what to do with promotion and relegation. One solution would be to promote three clubs and remove relegation for one season. This would then raise the question of the third club to promote. A point-per-game system could well be used, with more relegated games introduced next season to bring the numbers back to normal.
No decision has been made yet, but insiders say next week “will see the ball start rolling.”
The Championship will not be invited to vote. Unlike leagues one and two, the influence of what’s going on with the Premier League season will have a ripple effect on the second level.