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League One Decision Finally Set to Be Made Today
Tuesday, 9th Jun 2020 09:41

Town will finally learn how the 2019/20 League One season will end later today.

The EFL clubs are holding an EGM via video conference at 10.30am this morning where they will first vote on the various amendments to the EFL board’s draft framework in which places, relegation and promotion would be settled on unweighted points per game if the season isn’t played to its conclusion.

Town were among those to submit an amendment with owner Marcus Evans believing that, given the current extraordinary circumstances, for this season alone clubs should have a say on a revised formula for the play-offs and that any proposal with the support of at least six other clubs should go to a vote.

Tranmere, Barnsley, Stevenage and Lincoln were the other clubs to have proposed amendments.

It is not expected that any of the amendments will be passed and that the EFL’s framework will be adopted.

The 23 League One will then vote - probably this afternoon - on whether to play their season to its completion behind closed doors or end it now and utilise whatever formula they had agreed earlier in the day.

Town are among the clubs who want the season played to its conclusion but it is believed that around 15 sides want it brought to an early close, largely due to the cost of staging the games and coronavirus testing, more than enough to hit the required 51 per cent mark.

League Two clubs will formalise the curtailment of their season having previously taken an unanimous indicative vote. The Championship will be played to its conclusion behind closed doors from June 20th.

If the League One season is brought to an early end and unweighted points per game is the system used to decide promotion, relegation and placings, Coventry and Rotherham would be promoted automatically with Wycombe, Oxford, Portsmouth and Fleetwood in the play-offs, and Tranmere, Southend and Bolton relegated.

Town would be 11th, their lowest finish since they ended the 1952/53 campaign 16th in Division Three South back in Scott Duncan's time as manager.

There has been controversy ahead of the meeting with it emerging that the four teams who would be in the play-offs under the EFL framework have already resumed training with the other 19 clubs - a number of which would be involved in the play-offs if some of the amendments were to be successful - not approached to do the same.

The EFL revealed on Sunday that 135 players and staff from those clubs have been tested for coronavirus with none returning positive results.

Nicola Palios, Tranmere’s vice-chairman, said on Twitter: “How can clubs have a fair vote on Tuesday re our proposals when the EFL have only done Covid testing for clubs who would be in the play-offs under their proposal and not ours? And have struck the deal for TV assuming theirs will go through? This is NOT a fair process.”

Once the way forward for this season has been finally been addressed, the EFL and its clubs will then have to turn their thoughts to the 2020/21 campaign with a September start - either behind closed doors or in front of a limited number of fans - currently believed to be the aim.

Town had already booked a July pre-season trip to Germany ahead of the usual August start but this has already been cancelled.

It’s likely any pre-season friendlies ahead of the new season will be played behind closed doors, probably at clubs’ training grounds.

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TimmyH added 10:23 - Jun 9
Lets hope they finally get a decision done and put us out of our's been a long time coming.

Pencilpete added 10:34 - Jun 9
So all these proposals and meetings about meetings and it turns out that what was going to happen was decided weeks ago behind the scenes

What a farce

ITFCsince73 added 10:48 - Jun 9
The teams contesting the play offs have already returned to training.
So on that note, before any news release.
It’s quite obvious the top 2 promoted. The teams in the playoff places are already in training.
Sunderland, Peterborough and ITFC will therefore take part in the strongest L1 ever 20/21.
Marcus get the cheque book out, so we will at least be competitive next season.

Northstandveteran added 11:00 - Jun 9
I'm enjoying seeing a big lump of ear wax being pulled out of some blokes ear with tweezers every time I log in.

Especially over breakfast.

I blame Chambers and Skuse for this!!!

Michael101 added 11:20 - Jun 9
Decision today ,more chance of seeing pigs flying.

Michael101 added 11:29 - Jun 9
Itfc73. Add Luton Barnsley Charlton too the mix looks like next season(if we get it) will be even harder to get out of .shot ourselves in the foot big time this sesson.

Michael101 added 11:32 - Jun 9
Never mind we still have the dynamic duo to see us into league 2.

ITFC_Cotton added 11:33 - Jun 9
Let’s hope a 10th-3rd place playoff doesn’t happen, we deserve to be no where near a chance of promotion. Not that I believe for a minute we have the capability of beating any of the teams in it anyway.

Dissboyitfc added 11:36 - Jun 9
Town would be 11th, their lowest finish since they ended the 1952/53 campaign 16th in Division Three South back in Scott Duncan's time as manager.

Lamberts policy on postponing games and squad rotation played a very big part in this! i say if we dont want be lower than scott Duncans position then we need to get rid of Lambert and replace him with John McGreal. Wont happen though!

I wonder if Lambert will come out and apologise and admit to making mistakes! I doubt it but he needs to take a very long look at himself!

ITFCsince73 added 11:37 - Jun 9
Agree 101. I did have them in mind.
I also had the 3 coming up from L2 in mind.
Plymouth are a big club as far as L1/L2 goes. Have invested a lot in there squad over the past 2 windows. And have a certain Mahon play for them, who turned us down.
And went on to have a great season last year.

ITFCsince73 added 11:42 - Jun 9
Dissboy. You really think having McGreal as manager would make any difference?
There really is no point in changing management. We haven’t got a poor management team.
We have a poor squad.

Michael101 added 11:45 - Jun 9

F A in talks to move transfer window to october,why? It won't affect us scruge Evans will not be putting his hands on his pockets.

Nazemariner added 12:10 - Jun 9
I have little faith that anything will be reolved in todays meeting.

runningout added 12:28 - Jun 9
We deserve nothing from any Decision. If we start learning from the mounting number of mistakes we might be worth something. Won’t happen with deadwood still about, so League 2 here we come. That’s being serious!!

ITFCsince73 added 12:45 - Jun 9
It’s a real shame runningout. There’s been big changes at the club over past couple of years.
All of them positive. But the real negative goes unchanged.
The team needs change, a different direction, a different outlook, different leadership.
The only area outstanding, but the most important.
It’s become stale and to easy.
But we’ve committed to go with the same next season at least.
So time will tell. It’s failed miserably so far.

Northstandveteran added 12:54 - Jun 9
I know things must be tight at the moment Phil and Gav.

But please reject any advert approach from Andrex.....

Dissboyitfc added 17:33 - Jun 9
itfcsince73.... yes Lambert is to blame for this years shambles! No one can tell me that there were 10 more capable squads in league1 because there werent, we should have been able to compete in this Division!

Sorry but Paul Lambert is all smoke and mirrors!!!!


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