Six Championship clubs vs Premier League
Nobody knows what’s going to happen with the 2019-20 football season.
At present, the Premier League, Championship and rest of the EFL is suspended until April 3rd. But are the leagues really going to restart then?
Will the Premier League end? Will the other EFL campaigns also finish? What happens if they don’t?
As football fans wait eagerly to find out the answers to these questions, one thing appears clearer by the day: regardless of whatever decision is reached, legal action seems inevitable.
Indeed, the Times on Tuesday reveal that six Championship clubs – Leeds United, West Brom, Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston – are ready to go to war with the Premier League if they are denied promotion this season.
West Ham’s Karren Brady & Aston Villa’s Jesús García Pitarch
Last weekend, in her weekly column in the Sun, West Ham director Karren Brady revealed her hand.
Brady believes that this season’s Premier League needs to be scrapped.
Of course, when the league was suspended, West Ham were in grave relegation danger. The Hammers are 16th in the Premier League on 27 points. They are only above third-bottom Bournemouth on goal difference.
With that backdrop, Brady crowed:
As games in both the PL and in the EFL are affected, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void.
Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the games have not actually been played in full?
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) March 14, 2020
Aston Villa sporting director, Jesus Garcia Pitarch, has also discussed his viewpoint to Spanish outlet Cope.
The Villains are second bottom of the Premier League on 25 points from 28 games. Moreover, Dean Smith’s side are on a 4-game losing streak.
Pitarch has mirrored the comments from Brady, saying:
If the peak of the coronavirus is to occur in May, no one thinks of a competition in which players, coaches, health personnel of the club will continue to appear every day, there are clubs that do not see an option that the competition possibly resumes on June 30.
The most reasonable solution if the League has to be stopped is that there are no relegations. There is a certain unanimity that there should be no relegations.
Leeds & West Brom ready to ‘park tanks on the Premier League’s lawn’
Those comments from the West Ham and Aston Villa insiders have triggered six Championship sides into action.
Fearing that the 2019-20 season will be scrubbed out, the Times on Tuesday revealed that six Championship clubs are gearing up for a battle with the Premier League:
The clubs occupying the Championship’s promotion and play-off places — Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston North End — held an emergency meeting yesterday. They are said to be “seething”…
The Championship’s top six want the season to be completed, even if it means delaying the start of next season, and also want all three promotion places protected…
“It’s time to park our tanks on the Premier League’s lawn,” one leading Championship club said yesterday.
The top six clubs in the Sky Bet Championship are ready to launch a legal challenge against their Premier League counterparts if they try to declare this season null and void and deny them three promotion places.
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) March 16, 2020
So what’s likely to happen?
As posited at the outset, nobody has the slightest idea how this will all unfold.
Yet, there are a few possibilities that are being discussed:
1. Premier League decide to scrap the season and a legal battle ensues.
2. Premier League and EFL seasons manage to complete.
3. In some sort of compromise, the Premier League agrees to swell the league to 22 teams next season in a one-off campaign.