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Report – EFL Decision Could End Sunderland’s Promotion Hopes

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.

14 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    May 8, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1
  • nzedtoonman

    May 8, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    From a previous thread…

    Just been reading KKs autobiography . The stuff he says about Ashley , jiminez, and wise when he came back to toon part 2 in 2008 is frankly astonishing . Ashley is an out an out villain with no qualms about lieing to get further. He never wanted to spend any money but promised the world to Kev but gave naff all. The xisco purchase was embarrassing . Wise and jiminez,were filling theirs and the agents pockets with hard cash. The high court should have recommended Ashley be struck off. Where is wise and jiminez now ?? Charnley came out of book less scathed. However if Ashley has been doing this sort of business for last 12 years no wonder Rafa wanted out it must have been hell in the board room. I can’t see Rafa coming back even if Ashley gone ! Please let’s get the FCB out of our hallowed ground and get them sh*t sports direct signs of SJP ….. Please….

  • RobLeenio

    May 8, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Great to see Shola speaking so positively about the future at NUFC.

    He’s a fan of the club first and foremost, a club employee second.

    The first club employee to actually speak openly too?

  • the Northumbrian

    May 8, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Would have thought this article to be the most liked today knowing our poor little neighbours have to stay down in the lower depths for another season

  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Nzed, loved your tálk about 70s nufc the other night. Some of my earliest memories of nufc are alan growling, the league Cup v City, and players names like nattrass, Craig, Mahoney etc.

  • Yorkfan

    May 8, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Anyone watching the live match on BBC Sport? First game of the Korean K-League. Intersesting to watch live football with no crowds. Actually not as bad as I thought. They need to sort the sound out though as the managers screaming echoes around the ground and drowns out the commentary!

  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Can someone advise a non geordie re cheesy chips? I was given honorary geordie status by some nufc fans I spent a weekend on the batter with when we beat sunlan years ago, but I don’t know enough re cheesy chips. Presume they are a local delicacy down the road :). Just takeaway chips with melted cheese?

    Also, who first said “wheeze keys are these”. I think the phrase had a starting point?

    Jib and other local geordie sociologists, can you advise?

  • nzedtoonman

    May 8, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Hi Munster , I used to watch toon 68 onwards I was 8 , I loved the speed of play. I remembered us getting to the league cup final against man city . We probably should have won it but a bicycle kick by Dennis Tueart sealed it . A bloody Geordie !! Supermac should have equalised in the last few minutes . Sick as a dog about it for weeks…My first memories of drinking in Newcastle was the hoffbrau house . Anyone remember that place ??

  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2020 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m on a days leave, unpaid sadly in these crisis days. Im knackered after vino and beer last night and the new dog whining so can’t be arsed gardening or fishing. All nufc talk appreciated! Re that possible American owner, if less flash with the cash, deffo get rafa

  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    NZ I remember Tuesrts bicycle kick. Did supemac leave soon after? I don’t remember him much

  • nzedtoonman

    May 8, 2020 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    I remember supermac well great player truly give his all for the stripes. Great sideburns nee teeth. Sold to arse second worst day as a nufc supporter as first was Andy Cole going to manu. Thing is first game we played arse after he left he scored a couple in a 5-3 win against toon on a snowy Highbury . Horrid to endure !

  • nzedtoonman

    May 8, 2020 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #12

    So you live in Munster ?

  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Yes mate, but lifelong fan.

  • Phil K

    May 10, 2020 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    This damn plague (Its more than a virus) is not going to go soon – and if and when we can go about normally football will have to just about start from scratch. The footballers on extreme money and their stinking agents will have to get used to the days of getting their own way ALL the time will have to end.


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