Ex-Leeds United midfielder Andy Couzens has heaped praise on his former club following the recent announcement that they will vote against curtailing the 2019/20 campaign.
The EFL released their end-of-season framework last week, which revealed that the Championship season can be curtailed if more than 51% of clubs vote in favour of it.
Additionally, it confirmed that in that circumstance an unweighted points-per-game system should be used to decide the final standings, meaning Leeds would be crowned champions and likely promoted.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are top of the Championship as things stand – one point clear of West Bromwich Albion in second and with a seven-point cushion over the play-offs.
However, the Yorkshire club’s CEO Angus Kinnear claimed on Friday that Leeds would vote against the curtailment of the season.
Couzens, who came through at Leeds during the 1990s, took to Twitter yesterday to heap praise on his boyhood club for their stance and the way they had behaved during the EFL delay.
Leeds United what a club. 1st thing they did before anyone else was for the players to take a cut to pay all the other staff. 1st to test their own players out of the chairman’s pocket and now want to play the season out even though the ppg would give us promotion💛💙💛💙 #mot
— andy couzens (@andycuz23) May 25, 2020
The Whites were one of the first Championship clubs to agree wage deferrals with their playing and coaching staff, a decision that it was suggested was made to ensure the non-playing staff could continue to be paid in full.
The 7 question Leeds United Football Club quiz – Can you get all 7 correct? Have a go now!
Clearly, Leeds holds a special place in Couzen’s heart but it is hard to disagree with the point he is making here.
The Whites acted quickly react to the current climate and are now taking an admirable stance, in pushing for the season to be completed on the pitch when concluding them early would make them champions.
It has been 16 years since Leeds were a Premier League side but it appears they’re determined to end that absence the right way – on the pitch.