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Unlikely League One Play-Off Extension Proposed
Friday, 15th May 2020 22:57

The League One play-offs reportedly could be extended to involve more teams, the EFL having said that “innovative and creative solutions” might be required to decide the future of the 2019/20 campaign in their statement following this morning’s inconclusive conference call meeting between the clubs.

According to BBC Sport, the proposal to extend the play-offs is aimed at addressing the tightness at the top of the division with Sunderland and Wycombe in seventh and eighth behind Peterborough in sixth on goal difference with the Chairboys having a game in hand on Posh and two on the Black Cats. Town are 10th, seven points behind Peterborough, having played a game more.

However, it’s understood the proposal was a tongue-in-cheek suggestion made by one club at the meeting - not Town [subsequently revealed to be Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony] - and is unlikely to be seriously considered.

League One clubs are set to meet again on Monday to discuss whether the season is played to its conclusion or curtailed and settled via a points-per-game system as has been confirmed will be the case with League Two.

While Town were among six clubs to collectively urge the EFL to play the season to its conclusion via a statement released by Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony last night, Bristol Live reports that as many as 11 of the division's 23 sides - mainly those towards the top of the league but also including 14th-placed Bristol Rovers - favour playing the campaign to its conclusion behind closed doors.

However, the rest want the division - suspended since March 13th due to the coronavorus crisis - to be abandoned with many - among them Accrington Stanley - insisting the cost of playing the remainder of their games behind closed doors is beyond them.

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bobble added 01:43 - May 16
just get the conservative party to pick up the bill for playing behind closed doors.
the caused all this they should pay...

Cakeman added 06:52 - May 16
This situation is unprofessional. The management committee of the league need to make the decision for themselves. Involving clubs in discussion is all very fair but it is not possible to please every club. Which ever way this falls some clubs will be unhappy. Discussions with clubs are time wasting. Management need to decide very soon.

atty added 08:24 - May 16
So PL, and each division doing their own thing, with no coordination. Lge2 have decided that top three go up and no relegation. How can they do that when it effects Lge1? Say PL decide to void season, no relegation.So no C’Ship promotion, so they do the same thing, so no Lge1 promotion,C’Ship wouldn’t want a 27 team division.Same applies to Lge1, so no Lge 1 promotion.Just an example, but we have the lowest division making a decision unilaterally without consulting the others,

SouperJim added 09:06 - May 16
This is going to end up with that berk MacAnthony throwing his toys out of the pram and taking legal action, just you wait. You can't please everyone and what should be top of the agenda is making sure every club is left in the best position to still be in business. Not squabbling over who finishes in the playoffs.

Bergholtblue added 09:46 - May 16
If the league is scrapped and the slate wiped clean, does that mean that Bury have a case for being re-instated?

Les57 added 15:24 - May 16
Whether you like it or not everybody is looking after their own interests, as you would expect. It would be totally different from our perspective if we were sitting in the top 2. I think the general consensus then would be we should not void the season.

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