President’s harsh warning
West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United are still awaiting a final EFL update on the season’s restart plans.
The Baggies are second in the championship and on track to win promotion to the Premier League. Slaven Bilic’s men could even become champions if they can beat Leeds, who currently have a point ahead of them.
The two clubs have a healthy cushion for the hunting pack with nine games to play and are looking forward to resuming the campaign.
Earlier this week, Cardiff City President Mehmet Dalman explained the frightening consequences of not finishing the campaign – for all clubs, not just Albion and Leeds.
“The championship has always been an investment for homeowners who are chasing the promotion’s Holy Grail, knowing that if they fail, they will suffer financially,” Dalman told The Sunday Times.
“I can name clubs like Derby that have spent a fortune and are now having trouble.
“The idea that we will not finish the league is absurd because it would leave clubs like Leeds and West Brom in a difficult position as they have invested a lot to get the promotion spot. “
“Not finishing the season – even if it’s September or October and even if you give up next season to do it – would be a travesty. “
And Dalman has now revealed that no fewer than 12 championship clubs are “for sale” with the financial pressure from the coronavirus, which is taking its toll.
“I like low wages and high bonuses. The current gaps are huge: you have salary bills of £ 6 million a year in the league and others £ 45-50 million.
“The second option is to offload the players but your ambitions suffer. Third, don’t spend money on transfers. The fourth is of course to put yourself on sale.
“Well, there are already a dozen clubs on sale in the Championship, they just aren’t public. One of the reasons is that no one sees light at the end of the tunnel. “
Klopp enters the debate
To declare the 2019/20 season null and void at this stage would be “unfair,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
English football remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic more than two months after the last games.
West Bromwich Albion was on the verge of promotion to the Premier League before the season ended, edging out championship leader Leeds United by one point.
Slaven Bilic’s team could resume operations in June after clubs were told they could resume training on May 25 before a potential restart next month.
But there have been calls to cancel the season without promotion or relegation, including from West Ham vice president Karren Brady, who demanded that no team rise to the top.
Klopp, whose Liverpool team is 25 points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, said: “There has been talk that people want to declare the season null and void. So you thought, “Huh? We played 76 percent of the season and just want to delete it?
“It would have been something that I would personally find unfair, to simply say that it did not happen. We are first in the home ranking, we are first in the away ranking. This is a season when we should become champions.
“Managing the crisis is the most important thing. But that doesn’t mean that certain things don’t matter at all simply because they are less important. “
The hull opposes restarting
Hull City has been revealed as the first club to oppose the restart of the championship season.
Hull Vice President Ehab Allam has written to EFL President Rick Parry and the championship clubs to express his “serious concerns” about the return of football to the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
It has already been reported that five second-level clubs are rebelling against the restart, three of which are from Yorkshire.
Hull City chief has said the club will face costs of around £ 1.2 million for not finishing the season and addresses concerns about sports integrity, revealing that he will vote against them. potential changes to contract extensions beyond June 30.
The Tigers are one place and two points above relegation spots that have failed to win a league game since New Year’s Day.
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Rangers face Tulloch competition
Three other clubs have reportedly joined the Rangers in their pursuit of West Bromwich Albion forward Rayhaan Tulloch.
The 19-year-old, who is a regular at the Albion U23 this season and who played on the FA Cup bench under Slaven Bilic, is seeing his contract expire this summer and discussions are underway with his representatives.
An offer was rejected by Tulloch’s camp earlier this year, but the club hopes to sign it for a new deal.
The Rangers want to convince Tulloch to refuse the opportunity to stay at The Hawthorns and move north of the border.
Steven Gerrard’s team was interested in January and according to Football Insider, the youngster remains on their radar.
But the Scottish rival of the Premiership Hibernian, the French Ligue 1 in Marseille and the Spanish club La Liga Leganes are also interested, the report added.