West Brom Receives Huge Promotion Update As Leeds United Chef Speaks

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EFL statement boosts Albion promotion

The EFL will use a point-by-match system to decide rankings if the season is interrupted, which will greatly boost West Bromwich Albion’s promotion prospects.

The EFL has issued a statement confirming its intention to use an unweighted points-per-match system to determine promotion and relegation in all three divisions, including the league, if the remaining matches are not played.

The statement read as follows: “In the event of a break in the season, the EFL board explained how this could be resolved through a framework including the maintenance of the principle of promotion and relegation, the rankings to be determined by unweighted points per match (PPG). and the play-offs must remain in each division to determine the final promotion spot. ”

If the system were applied, Albion would be promoted to the Premier League in second place with an average of 1.89 points per game.

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Leeds United responds to ‘daring’ plan

Leeds United general manager Angus Kinnear called the promotion and relegation blockade plans “Machiavellian” as the debate over how to end the season continues.

West Brom and Leeds are trapped at the top of the league, both well placed to regain promotion to the Premier League.

The EFL and the Premier League remained determined to resume the season, with the coronavirus suspension now reaching two months.

The chances of a return to football in the UK were boosted on Thursday when Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden revealed that there had been positive talks, with the door open for the season resuming in June.

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Andrea Radrizzani, owner of Leeds United (right) and Angus Kinnear, CEO of Leeds United

League two decision sets precedent

West Bromwich Albion would be promoted if the championship followed the precedent set by the Ligue two clubs.

In a historic decision on Friday, the Ligue 2 clubs voted unanimously to end their season early, two months after the games were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

An indicative vote decided that three clubs will automatically be promoted to Ligue 1 as usual, the play-offs will always take place to decide the fourth place in promotion and no team will be relegated to the National League.

The BBC reports that the final draw for the league should be decided using a points-per-match method as some clubs wish to be weighted and others unweighted.

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PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - MAY 16: The EFL logo is visible before the second leg match of the Sky Bet League One play-offs between Portsmouth and Sunderland at Fratton Park on May 16, 2019 in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Bryn Lennon / Getty Images)
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Slaven Bilic to bet £ 12.5m after FIFA order

Slaven Bilic is expected to receive an exorbitant payment of up to £ 12.5 million from his latest club Al-Ittihad.

The Croatian was sacked barely five months into his three-year contract, which ran for cash in February 2019, with the Saudi club in the drop zone.

The 51-year-old has hired FIFA for compensation from Al-Ittihad, who has now been ordered to pay around £ 12.5 million within 30 days.

Bilic’s assistants, Dean Racunica and Danilo Butorovic – who joined him at The Hawthorns last summer – are also expected to receive compensation under the decision.

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Elland Road’s interest in the Baggies goal in January

Whatever happens to West Brom and Leeds in the coming weeks, they will be rivals in the transfer market, necessarily linked to the same names.

One such transfer candidate is Bright Osayi-Samuel, the QPR winger at the foot of the fleet whose screens have won him many admirers.

Albion was linked to him in January, although he was not a top priority in a window that instead brought Kamil Grosicki and Callum Robinson.

And now Leeds has been credited with an interest in the 22-year-old, whose scorching pace has made him a handful for the Championship side backs.

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