Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber has claimed that finishing the 2019/20 season behind closed doors in the summer is the most realistic scenario.
All EFL fixtures have been suspended until the 30th of April at the earliest due to the Covid-19 pandemic but how, if, and when the season can be concluded remains unclear.
Senior representatives from the LMA, PFA, Premier League, FA, and EFL are meeting this week and it has been suggested that decisions over important issues, such as the conclusion of the season, will be discussed over the next 48 hours.
Speaking to the press via Skype, Struber told the Yorkshire Post’s Leon Wobschall that he believes the most realistic scenario for completing the 2019/20 campaign will be finishing the season behind closed doors in the summer.
If and when the Championship does resume, Barnsley face an uphill battle to avoid relegation into League One.
The Tykes are bottom of the table as things stand and are seven points adrift of safety.
One of their few saving graces is that a number of teams are involved in the relegation battle, with the gap between the relegation zone and 17th place Stoke City just three points.
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This is an interesting claim from Struber about how he believes the season will be concluded.
You feel he may be right as it is unlikely to start before the peak of the virus has passed and given the current measures in place to stop the spread, the return of games in front of fans seems unlikely.
It is going to be very interesting to see whether a decision on the issue is made by the leading English football authorities in the next 48 hours.