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What next for the EFL Championship?

The rumblings of if and when football should return continues with Championship side Hull City.

The Tigers emerged as the first club in the second tier of football to oppose a resumption of the season, insisting the campaign must be voided in a letter sent to English Football League chairman Rick Parry.

Ehab Allam, the club’s vice-chairman, has written to Parry and the other 23 clubs in the championship to outline his serious concerns over football’s return amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hull’s other concern is that they are disappointed that a club letter reportedly opposing the resumption of the Championship campaign had been leaked to the media.

The club stated that the correspondence was intended to remain private between the EFL and the other Championship clubs.

In the week that Championship clubs players were due to start coronavirus testing at least twice a week, with the possibility of a return to light training next Monday, news broke that no less than six positive results from over 740 coronavirus tests carried out by the Premier League, including three from Watford, could well back Allam’s message to the rest of the League.

So, in light of this news what impact will this have on other clubs decision when to restart the season. Unlike their counterparts in the two divisions of the football league, one of which has already decided to finish the season- EFL Division Two- Division One are still debating if their season should continue or not, with the likely outcome being to follow suit with Division Two and declaring the season stopped with promotion, play-offs and relegation all decided by PPG.

Whatever the outcome that the Championship sides eventually decide to go with, one scenario they surely can’t go with is to declare the season null and void. This must be the worst way of finishing any season in any sport. Having already played well over three quarters of a season already, you just can’t say to clubs that this is how we will close the season.

It will be grossly unfair on all players to end a long season this way, with no rewards at the end of it. There will always be arguments from different clubs about how to finish a season, but for the sake of football and sport there has to be some conclusion.

Yes, it won’t go down well with every club, however, in my opinion the fairest way of deciding any decision is on a points per game average. There will always be one or two clubs who would vote against this, depending on their current position in the league, but in sport, surely it is about pleasing the highest percentage of clubs.

In these unprecedented times that we are going through at the moment, difficult decisions have to be made by people who have never been put in this awkward position before.

For the sake of football, lets hope whatever decisions are made will be for the good of the game.

Article written by Peter Moore

Is The League One & Two season coming to an end?

Friday saw a very important meeting take place, with all the owners off the respective League One and League Two clubs, as they come to an agreement with what to do with the rest of the 19/20 campaign.

LEAGUE TWO

After a lengthy meeting on Friday, owners off all of the league Two teams decided that the best option for everyone involved was to finish the league two season, and decide the final table on Points Per Game (PPG).

This would mean that Swindon, Crewe And Plymouth Argyle would all be promoted to League One. Unfortunately, this would mean that Stevenage would be relegated to the National League for the first time in a decade. This means, the Play-Offs would be played  just like any other season ( Two Semi-Finals and a Final) to determine who the final promotion spot goes too.

A statement on The League Two Season was released by the EFL on Friday.  Here is what was said:

“Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, League Two clubs have unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to curtail the campaign in line with the framework outlined by the EFL Board.

In addition, clubs asked for consideration to be given to suspending relegation to the National League for 2019/20 as a result of circumstances created where fixtures cannot be completed. No commitments were made in this respect and the Board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.”

So, therefore, the vote is subject to approval from the EFL and the FA.

League One

In the same way as League Two, The Owners from all of the respective League One clubs held a meeting to determine what would be the best way to finish the League One Season.   However, they couldn’t come to an agreement on what was best, but IF League One was to be determined using PPG, Coventry & Rotherham would be promoted to the Championship.  Subsequently, Tranmere Rovers, Southend United & Bolton Wanderers would be relegated to League Two.  Just like League Two, however, The Play-Offs would stay the same, (Two Semi-Finals & A Final) to determine the final promotion place.

Here is what the EFL had to say on the League One Season:

“There were varied views shared in League One and it was determined that there would be a further period of reflection and consultation to understand what creative solutions could be implemented. It was acknowledged that the need to find innovative and creative solutions was of paramount importance as was the need for decisions to be taken quickly.” 

There is expected to be an announcement on the League One Season in the next couple of days.

AFC Wimbledon Suspend Wally Downes…

AFC Wimbledon, currently in the bottom 3 of League 1 have today suspended their first team manager Wally Downes until further notice, for a breach of FA Betting rules.

A Club Statement Read:

Club manager Wally Downes has been suspended from first team duties pending further notice.

The club has been informed that Wally has been charged by the FA for Misconduct under FA Rule E1(b) in respect of 8 bets placed on football matches between 30 November 2013 and 12 July 2019.

Given the seriousness of this breach in FA regulations, the club has decided to suspend Wally with immediate effect, giving time for the club and Dons Trust boards to look at the allegations more closely and make a further announcement in due course.

 

This couldn’t have come at a worse time for AFC Wimbledon, who are in the middle of a bad run of form.

Wally Downes was appointed, in December last year and led them against all the odds to survival in League 1, thanks to a last day draw at Bradford City.

The period in question relates to a time when Downes was employed in India with Kerala Blasters during 2016/2017. And carried on during his subsequent appointment as manager for AFC Wimbledon in December 2018.

Prior to his appointment as manager and during his interview process, Downes was quizzed on comments made which related to homophobia on his Twitter account. Though the board were happy with his explanation of these matters and his Twitter account was quickly deleted.

It remains to be seen what the outcome will be. Downes will most likely be aware of the outcome for Joey Barton, now manager at Fleetwood Town; Joey was charged for the same offence and suspended from all football activities for 18 months.

EFL Suspend Yet Another Bury Game As Shakers Remain In Crisis

THE English Football League (EFL) have today suspended the Sky Bet League One clash between Rotherham United and Bury FC at the AESSEAL New York Stadium due to outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments which hasn’t been provided by Bury owner Steve Dale.

The suspension of the fixture between the ‘Millers’ and the ‘Shakers’ means Bury have every one of their games this season in the Sky Bet League One and Carabao Cup suspended by the authority.

Bury have also been issued with a a notice of charge after they failed to fulfil the cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

A statement from the EFL read:“The EFL Board has taken the decision to suspend Bury FC’s upcoming League One fixture with Rotherham United on Tuesday 20 August 2019 as the outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments has still not been provided by owner Steve Dale.

It is now the Club’s fourth game of the season not to take place as originally scheduled and they will be referred to a Disciplinary Commission in respect of all suspended League matches.

However, as previously stated the EFL maintains the view that League matches cannot continue being suspended indefinitely, as the pressures of a congested fixture calendar will simply not allow such flexibility and the deadline of 23 August for withdrawal of membership remains in place.

Bury are due to play Tranmere Rovers on 24 August 2019 and, because of the close proximity to the notice of withdrawal deadline, a decision on whether to suspend that fixture will take place in the early part of week commencing 19 August 2019.

In addition, Bury have also been served with a notice of charge in regard to its failure to fulfil the cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

The Club has been given until 5pm on Wednesday 21 August 2019 to respond.  At this stage the management committee of the competition (the EFL Board) will determine the matter or refer it to a Disciplinary Commission under EFL Regulations.”

It seems to be a horrible time for Shakers fans who fear their club could be on the brink of liquidation and could even as early as next Friday (23rd August) have their EFL membership withdrawn if the financial difficulties aren’t resolved by then.

Bury fans let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments below.

What do you think will happen between now and 23rd August? Will your club survive?

Coventry City owner breaks silence

Coventry City owner, Joy Seppala has finally spoken out about the recent troubles the club have faced over the last 12 years.

Seppala has received the blame from Sky Blues fans since her company, Sisu took over the club.

During her reign, the club have received two 10-point deductions, two relegations, going into administration and moving the club out of the city twice to play home games.

The director of Sisu has had death treats thrown at her, her house being broken into and many protests outside her office and the Ricoh Arena.

She revealed her reaction to the abuse, “Our home was broken into. I wasn’t worried about me, more my family. My children at the time were very young.

“I knew the anger from the supporters.

“We got a call from security saying someone is in your home. I went upstairs to check on the children. I had to think very carefully about how they got to school. That was the most difficult part of it.

“I can tell you of hundreds and hundreds of abuse emails and letters calling me all sorts of names, incessant calls to the office and the various protests. It was very upsetting.”

Seppala went on to speak about how she feels about the club playing home games next season at Birmingham City’s, St Andrews, “It’s an absolute tragedy we’re playing in Birmingham, it’s not what we would ever choose,” she said.

“As I said, all we want to be is like any other football club being able to play in our own stadium but there are just circumstances beyond our control.”

Speaking to Sky Sports in an exclusive interview, the Coventry owner went on to say the situation between the club and Ricoh Arena owners, Wasps RFC, “We signed an agreement with Wasps that we would not litigate against them over the sale of the Ricoh. We agreed to terms.

“But then when they came back, they wanted us to sign something that wasn’t feasible. Not just SISU, but the football club as well, underwriting damages and costs that they might incur.

“It basically stripped the football club of its right to pursue anything. There was no chance we were going to jeopardise the football club, so it wouldn’t have the ability to exercise its own liberties.”