Promotion hopes on hold for Rotherham United as meeting of clubs ends with no verdict on League One

Promotion hopes on hold for Rotherham United as meeting of clubs ends with no verdict on League One

By Paul Davis | 15/05/2020

Promotion hopes on hold for Rotherham United as meeting of clubs ends with no verdict on League One
Paul Warne

 

THE wait goes on for Rotherham United after a meeting of League One clubs this morning failed to reach a decision on whether the League One season should be declared over because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Paul Warne's side, having played 35 of their 44 matches, were in second spot when football was suspended in March and hope to be promoted on a points-per-game basis if the campaign is brought to a premature end.

However, they are unlikely to learn their fate until next week at the earliest.

Clubs gathered via conference call at 9.30am this morning for their weekly get-together but were unable to agree a united position and will convene again in the next few days.

Most third-tier clubs appear to want the season to close now as the financial implications of bringing players out of furlough to complete fixtures behind doors with no matchday income could threaten the survival of many of them.

However, a six-strong group just outside the automatic-promotion positions made up of Oxford United, Peterborough United, Fleetwood Town, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Ipswich Town are pressing for the remaining matches to be played.

If the season is called off, clubs are expected to vote on whether promotions and relegations should take place.

Speaking before today's meeting, Millers manager Warne said: "If any other chairman or owner or manager or fan was in the top two, like we are, they would hugely expect and want to go up.

"I do understand the pressures facing the teams below us and why they might be against it.

"Maybe the two clubs in automatic places could go up and the other six teams in the top eight could play it out at St George’s Park or Wembley or somewhere over a five-day period or something for the third promotion spot.

"I don’t think clubs just outside the top two are angry with the EFL or the PFA. They’re just frustrated that they can’t finish a good season. It’s a difficult one. Whichever way it goes, there are people who aren’t going to be happy.

"Opinions on how the league should end are polarised depending on the club you support. The situation needs strong leadership to bring it to a conclusion

"It will upset some yet in a year’s time ... well, people won’t have forgotten about - I don’t mean it as flippantly as that - but things will have moved on."

One cost clubs would not have to bear from any resumption would be testing their players for coronavirus. It is believed that the EFL have set out



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