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Pompey Chief Executive: League One Decision May Not Come Until June
Saturday, 23rd May 2020 21:03

Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin expects the saga surrounding the future of League One’s 2019/20 campaign to drag on into the first week of June.

On Thursday the EFL outlined the current position in a statement following a board meeting the previous day with clubs set to vote on whether to resolve the situation by playing the season to its conclusion behind closed doors or end it now and allocate promotion, relegation and placings via unweighted points per game.

“There’s no date on the vote but I believe under the regulations once voting papers are issued there’s a five-day period to allow people to vote,” Catlin told the Portsmouth News.

“So another one of my big concerns in trying to finish the season is that clubs have been asked to submit their opinions by close of play on Tuesday next week.

“Let’s assume papers are produced Wednesday or Thursday, we’re probably not going to know the results until the week after next.

“That really then makes it difficult to complete the season given the timing of 56 days and a period needed to train and get the players back to some level of fitness.”

It’s widely believed that the clubs wanting to play the season to its completion - who include the Blues and Portsmouth - are in the minority.

Meanwhile, Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has defended the move to form a six-club collective - Sunderland, Fleetwood and Oxford in addition to Posh, Pompey and Town - to lobby the EFL for the season to be played to an end.

“Maybe people took it the wrong way,” he told his own Football Club Chairman - Hard Truth podcast.

“There were other clubs’ fans who got salty about the fact we wanted to play and I know another owner on Twitter [presumably Accrington's Andy Holt] was getting on his soapbox and getting upset about it.

“But here’s the reality: we rang around lots of clubs and we wanted to have conversations with a lot of other clubs. It was an open invitation. Those who chose to tune in, tuned in. Those who didn’t, didn’t

“What we wanted to talk as football clubs. It’s great when we have EFL updates and PDFs, but you don’t know what other clubs are thinking so it’s for all the owners to get together, hammer it out and talk about it. After all this is our product: football.

“We’re now being told to get back training so the idea was to open up the conversation, have a like-minded conversation and hear the reasons people did and didn’t want to continue. We didn’t want to just talk about these nine games, but also next season. That was the idea and spirit of the chat.”

MacAnthony said there were moves to get other clubs as well as the six involved in the discussions: “It was a really good chat and it was interesting getting to know the MD at Portsmouth, directors at Oxford, Fleetwood, of course, Ipswich and Sunderland.

“It was a general conversion saying ‘Look guys, this is our product and it’s so important for our future we get out there and play’.

“We spoke to a lot of other clubs and to those Coventry and Rotherham fans who are upset about it, at the time, we reached out to them and tried with Wycombe.

“The Wycombe owner emailed me a few weeks ago, so we tried to get him on. The bottom line was we wanted to make it very transparent we wanted football back on, it wasn’t us versus them as some people took it. For that, I can apologise. That wasn’t the intention. The overall message was we wanted football back on.”


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Tufty added 02:04 - May 24
Farce
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ThaiBlue added 06:17 - May 24
Getting boring now.
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skankerman added 07:43 - May 24
Quite simple all clubs vote and democracy prevails
Football has got above itself again
Will lose the public support
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Michael101 added 10:52 - May 24
Notice he said decision by June but don't say what year.😬😤😆
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MurcianITCC added 12:36 - May 24
Football league should end this nonsense. League 2 has ended, it should have been a unilateral decision.
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TractorRoyNo1 added 12:49 - May 24
The result of all this will be Premier 2, Evan's must get his chequebook ready to buy into that, div 3 and 4 will be regionalised with the winners of both in a playoff for one spot in Premier 2 - you read it here!
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brainbox added 16:18 - May 24
💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤 am I bothered....
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Dissboyitfc added 17:06 - May 24
if its safe enough for the premier league then its safe for the EFL Covid19 is very indiscriminate it wont care whether its premier league players or players from divisions 1+2. The FA can afford it and should pay the costs of getting these games on! It wasnt so long ago they were looking at selling wembley to put funds into grass roots football. There will be even less of a grass roots infrastructure if we start losing clubs because of the unfair distribution of football wealth!

So the bottom line is, if its safe its safe if it isnt then it isnt!

Did the Premier teams vote on the outcome of the division or were they just told to play?
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Blue12345 added 17:57 - May 24
There should not even be the need for a vote. The premier league and FA have failed clubs outside of the premier league. They should be helping fund and put provisions in place to make it safe (testing and other measures ) so clubs and players can go ahead and continue there businesses and livelihoods.


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Cloddyseedbed added 08:28 - May 25
Looks like Football has learned nothing from this pandemic. I think fans are getting sick of hearing about footballers and elite clubs. Football address your financial problems, they are all self inflicted through greed. Cap players wages and transfer fees. Get respect back into the game. Even in yesterdays newspaper top clubs are already targeting new players at gross transfer fees. Whilst others are struggling. This is what is destroying football throughout the leagues in England.
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dford7 added 08:31 - May 25
Should get Bojo and Dom to sort it out- then we can all get behind the decision.....
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ITFCsince73 added 08:57 - May 25
Lol Blue12345. Furlough, business loans and grants.
What more help can one want....it’s not the cost now.
Each team has there own agenda.
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dirtydingusmagee added 12:12 - May 25
bloody farcical, the circus is in town. Football run by clowns.
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tractorboybig added 12:28 - May 25
money money money
they dont give a t**s about football
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WeWereZombies added 15:29 - May 25
'this is our product'

Nothing but conveyor belt consumerism in the eyes of the Pompey chief executive, I remember the days when people used to go to football on a Saturday afternoon to get away from that type of drudgery.
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OliveR16 added 12:58 - May 26
It seems that these 6 clubs in particular have lost the sense of the ticking clock. Surely most clubs understand that June and July would be best spent preparing for a potentially traumatic season coming up. Several mass gathering events in late August and September have already been cancelled, so it is very hard to see how next season will work out - and will certainly not be remotely 'normal'. Instead, we are still faffing about trying to resuscitate a dead season.
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