David Prutton has labelled the end-of-season reveal made by Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear as “admirable”.
The EFL announced late last week that the Championship season could be curtailed if at least 51% of clubs voted in favour and that in that scenario, an unweighted points-per-game system would be used to determine the final standings.
That system would mean that Leeds were crowned champions and would likely see them secure promotion to the Premier League.
In his column in the Yorkshire Evening Post yesterday, Kinnear revealed that despite the fact it would hand them the title, the Whites would not vote to curtail the season.
The Leeds CEO went a step further and claimed it would be a “national embarrassment” if other top European leagues were completed and the Premier League and Championship were not.
Prutton has issued his verdict on the comments made by Kinnear and suggested the stance the club is taking is admirable.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s a bizarre situation if suddenly you get presented the opportunity to win the league.
“We have seen Leeds go on dismal runs for about the same amount of games that there are left in the season.
“You can speak about football without fans but if you are bringing it back and there are actual points to play for then there is still that jeopardy which is what we love about sport.
“If not then it is purely mathematical and down to what’s gone on so far in the season and that’s how it is worked out.
“But I can understand what Kinnear is saying and there is a certain admirable trait to it and I think you have to make the right noises with regards to trying to get it finished on the pitch.
“That’s got to be everyone’s first port of call.”
Leeds are top of the Championship as things stand with nine games remaining, one point above second-place West Bromwich Albion and with a seven-point cushion over the play-offs.
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Love them or hate them, you have to respect the stance that Leeds have taken and, in part, the bold comments that Kinnear has made.
The Whites now know that curtailing the season would see them made champions but it seems they’re determined to get that done on the pitch.
Of course, they could vote differently when it comes to it but it does seem as though they want to make sure they secure promotion, which would see them back in the Premier League after 16 years away, the right way.