There’s news today that EFL Leagues One and Two have decided to cancel the season, and they will decide collectively (whatever that means) who gets promoted and who gets relegated.
And there seems to be mounting opposition to the Premier League’s Project Restart – and it’s coming from the clubs themselves this time.
The doctors of the Premier League clubs expressed their grave concerns about the health of the players earlier this week.
Brighton CEO Paul Barber is reported in the Mirror today, saying the Premier League faces a full-scale revolt from the PL clubs if Project Restart goes ahead, with their games played on neutral grounds.
This is what Barber (shown above) has told the Mirror:
“If this is such a big issue for a significant number of clubs – and I think it is – and it’s more, in my opinion, than just the bottom six which keeps being touted.”
“I don’t think this is a big six clubs vs bottom six clubs issue, I think clubs at every level have concerns about neutral venues.”
“I think it has to be looked at again otherwise we will have an impasse and it will create another delay and more difficulty and we don’t want that.”
“We want to return to playing, we want to finish the season and do so when it’s safe and when it’s fair.”
“I don’t like the briefing that goes on behind the scenes to create a scenario where one small group of clubs are made to look like the bad guys.
“There are genuine concerns at all levels of the league about neutral venues so I think the way some people have painted it as a bottom six vs the rest are misguided and wrong.”
“Everybody at this stage of the season has a level of self-interest which is totally understandable, totally reasonable because we’re all competing at different levels for different things.”
“We don’t think it’s right, we don’t think it’s fair.”
“We can’t support something that is going to put our club at a disadvantage.”
“To support something that puts my club at a distinct disadvantage and increases the jeopardy that we face in any given season doesn’t make any sense.”
While EFL Leagues One and Two to cancel their season, it seems, the Championship and the Premier League will need to be in lock-step.
They will need to agree on promotion and relegation, and if the season ends, positions are likely to be allocated based on points/game, since not all clubs have played the same number of games.
Due to the unexpected and welcome success of Newcastle manager Steve Bruce this season, Newcastle are in no trouble of relegation and 8 points above the drop zone.
That’s one reason the takeover went ahead.
From a Newcastle viewpoint, if the season is canceled, we will be in a good position financially, and the loss of broadcast revenues will be offset by the new owners’ financial injection of funds into the club.
And we will be one of the few Premier League clubs with big money to spend this summer.
Yes, that’s a selfish viewpoint – but it is as it is.
Well – as long as the takeover goes through.
If it doesn’t go through, then Mike Ashley will have an excellent excuse not to spend any of Newcastle’s money this summer – what again?
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