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|Exclusive: Leagues One and Two abandoned, clubs to vote how to decide places|
at 07:49 8 May 2020
The English Football League will next week tell clubs in Leagues One and Two there is no chance of playing any more games this season and ask them to vote on a method to decide promotion and relegation.
EFL chairman Rick Parry told MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee on Wednesday morning that a resolution to the season in the third and fourth tiers was only a matter of days away and it now seems a decision could come as early as Monday or Tuesday.
The Athletic understands the EFL board has already received several proposals from clubs, with the current favourite being a points-per-game (PPG) model weighted to reflect how many games the teams have played home and away.
The rationale for this idea is a non-weighted PPG calculation does not take into account the fact that some teams have four home games left, while others have six.
This season across the Football League, the home team has won 46 per cent of the time, with away teams winning only 26 per cent of the games. Over the last six EFL seasons, the average PPG at home is 1.55, compared to 1.19 away.
Under this method, which has been used to decide the tables in English grassroots club rugby union, each club’s PPG would be worked out for their home and away fixtures, then multiplied by 22 for League One, which had 23 clubs this season because of Bury’s demise last summer, and 23 for League Two and then added together to reach a total for the season.
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.
The weighted PPG method does not change the top three in League One at all, meaning Coventry City would be crowned champions, with Rotherham United and Oxford United joining them in the Championship next season. The current bottom three — Tranmere Rovers, Southend United and Bolton Wanderers — would still be the bottom three, although Bolton would climb one spot, leaving Southend in last place.
In League Two, Swindon Town would leapfrog Crewe Alexandra into first place, with Plymouth Argyle staying in third but Cheltenham Town climbing over Exeter City to claim the final promotion spot. Stevenage Borough would remain in last place, despite the seven-point deduction Macclesfield Town received on Thursday for failing to fulfill a fixture or pay their players on time.
The Athletic has spoken to two other EFL clubs who said they were aware of this proposal and several others who said they were not, but every club approached said they knew of at least half a dozen different ideas that were circulating around the league. These include using the current tables to settle the finishing positions, a non-weighted PPG model and an idea to only count the first half of the season, which would be the first 22 games in League One and 23 games in League Two.
Some clubs have discussed using more complicated statistical models that factor in how hard each club’s run-in was before the season was suspended in March. There is considerable opposition to these models, though, with one club dismissing them as “hypothetical and unfair”.
The prospect of declaring the season “null and void” appears to have receded, as most clubs acknowledge this would be very unfair on the teams that have got themselves into the promotion place. It would also come with financial and legal risks.
However, any club faced with relegation is almost certainly going to object to being demoted on the basis of PPG, weighted or otherwise. This has led to some clubs suggesting either two or three clubs are promoted this season, with none relegated. Five teams would then be relegated from the divisions above next season, in order to reset them.
But this idea will face strong opposition from the English game’s bosses as it will lead to fixture congestion next season, complicate the distribution of central income and break the terms of the tripartite agreement the EFL, FA and Premier League signed when the top flight broke away from the EFL in 1992.
As things stand, however, both the Premier League and Championship are determined to finish this season’s fixtures in neutral stadiums behind closed doors, which would mean all these issues would be settled on the pitch in the top two divisions.
|'Record Club Signing'|
at 10:59 22 Mar 2020
Just reading the interview with BBM in the Rochdale Style magaizne. On the topic of Matherson's sale to Wolves he talks about investment in player recruitment over the summer and about exciting the fans with some new signings.
What was interesting is that it them goes on to state that on the last day of the transfer window the club was working on a deal that would have been a club record signing,which obviously did not go through. Interesting that this has not come out earlier.
at 14:52 26 Dec 2019
It appears the Jason Kennedy lookalike is warming up the keepers again. Any ideas where Collis is?
at 17:08 12 Oct 2019
Refs often get a lot of stick but I thought he was excellent today. He was unfussy and tried to let the game flow. He also didn't fall for their 'Coleman' style gamesmanship.
|New signing |
at 09:19 8 Aug 2019
I wonder who it is?
I am in shock I tell you!
On paper this looks an excellent signing. Now if only we could bring in a quick forward.
[Post edited 8 Aug 2019 9:33]
at 12:58 28 Jul 2019
Are the trust going to take questions from supporters who cannot attend,ensure that these questions get asked and then post the responses somewhere?
|Where's Alby? |
at 11:50 26 Jul 2019
In a recent interview BBM said there were no long term injuries and that Rathbone and O'Connell were on their way back to fitness so where is Wilbraham?
|Wade in the window?|
at 11:47 26 Jul 2019
I'm surprised to see Wade being given so much game time in preseason. With the loan keeper coming in are we looking to showcase him for a loan spell where he can start? Or maybe is Sanchez the end of the line for Lillis?
at 20:36 17 Jul 2019
Looks like the pitch is not as wide as in the past. It also doesn't look great, almost as if it hasn't knitted together properly!
|Is that it?|
at 13:50 4 Jul 2019
With the recent signings is that it, or is there more room in the budget?
Personally I would like some defensive cover (ideally someone who could fill in at both full back positions) and an experienced holding midfielder. I think we are well/overstocked in terms of numbers in the forward positions.
at 08:00 26 Jun 2019
With Rathbone on Monday and Done on Tuesday, which player will be announced as signing their contract extension today? I am going for Wilbraham on a one year deal.
It appears that these extensions are being drip fed up until the early bird season ticket deadline on Sunday in an attempt to 'drum up interest'.
at 19:47 30 May 2019
With finances being tight and most of the players out of contract being offered new deals there appear to be little scope to make many signing, unless some of those who are currently under contract are moved on. Any ideas who might, or who you would like to go?
Gilliam does not look to have developed over the past two seasons and probably needs a couple of seasons of non league football. Tavares could probably fill his role as the development forward who could appear in the Checkatrade games and at a push spot bench duty.
With McNulty and possibly Nithle we could have too many left sided centre backs which could see Delaney as the odd man out. After a half decent first season he looked okay, but his performance last year left a lot to be desired. Maybe a bit of time out of the starting line up and a good preseason could see him build up his confidence and form.
This brings me onto Andrew, who will run through a brick wall, but is just not enough of a goal threat. He is rumoured to be on a decent wage, which could be useful for a different type of forward, unless he is being reinvented as another left sided defender!
The only player who might bring in some money would be Camps. The quality is there for him to play at a higher level, but again he was someone who appeared to stagnate under Hill. Would a club higher up the food chain be prepared to shell out a fee and sign him?
at 20:38 26 Dec 2018
With the sale of Cannon and the potential sale of McGahey. What business do you expect/like to see done in the January transfer window?
Norman, Randall and Clough to go back to their parent clubs at the end of their loans. Wilbraham to have his contract cancelled by mutual consent.
A centre half to come in on loan if McGahey leaves and another striker to replace Wilbraham.
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