There’s still hope that the Premier League and the Championship can find a way to complete this season. The Premier League has consistently vowed to exhaust all options to resume this season.
However, it looks like the final whistle is about to be blown on this year’s rendition of League One and League Two. The Athletic’s Matt Slater is reporting that next week the clubs in the bottom two tiers of the EFL will be told that their seasons are officially over.
He reports that they’ll have to collectively decide on how to handle promotion and relegation. His understanding is that a points per game model will be preferred, at least for League One.
Like the Premier League, League One sides have not played an equal number of games. Some have played just 34 matches while others, like Sunderland, have played as many as 36.
This is some of what is written in the report:
The Athletic understands that a League One club has prepared a detailed explanation of this method, with a full set of final tables, and emailed it to the EFL board.
With the EFL admitting there is no chance of staging its traditional end-of-season play-offs in Leagues One and Two, the top three sides in the League One will be promoted to the Championship, with three going down to League Two, while four come up from League Two and only one goes down, to restore the EFL to its full quota of 72 teams.
Under this scenario, Sunderland would have to spend another season in League One. They are currently in the seventh spot behind Peterborough due to goal difference. They have also played more games than all six clubs above them.
This would see Coventry crowned as champions with Rotherham and Oxford promoted in second and third places, respectively.
The Athletic says this is just one scenario being considered. Some others are to use the current standings despite the differences in matches played. Another involves using the standings back when half of the season was completed.
Any scenario that is decided on is expected to be met with vigorous dissent for disaffected clubs. Especially those facing relegation. If this report is accurate, then it looks like Sunderland will be spending yet another season in League One.