Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear has aimed a subtle dig at a number of Premier League clubs over recent suggestions made about relegation and promotion in a column which has drawn an excited response from fans of the Yorkshire club.
It has been more than two months since the EFL season was suspended and it seems as if we’re moving closer to a potential return.
Both the Premier League and EFL held key meetings this week to discuss issues relating to the return of the game, with the Championship and the top flight both eyeing to get matches back underway in early June.
There have been suggestions, including from the Brighton owner, that given the unusual circumstances the threat of Premier League relegation should be removed this season, while Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has argued that should be the case if the Championship is not completed on the pitch and the top flight is.
In his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Kinnear addressed those suggestions and aimed a dig at some top-flight clubs over their stance on the matter.
He said: “It seems likely that any return to play will be done against a media backdrop of clubs continuing to publicly champion obstacles to the league’s completion and, if it can’t be concluded, why leagues should be expunged [or relegation and promotion abandoned] as opposed to being decided on sporting merit.
“To date, this has included trying to set the brilliantly audacious precedent that Premier League teams shouldn’t have to play matches if they don’t think they can win them and the equally Machiavellian suggestion that a team could refuse to be relegated if they believe that the promoted team is not deserving of being their replacement.”
The Leeds CEO also heaped praise on Whites supporters for their reaction to an update about season tickets and to his staff following a recent meeting about returning to work.
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Kinnear’s comments have been very well received by fans of the Yorkshire club, many of whom took to Twitter to voice their thoughts.
Read their reaction here:
Brilliantly measured words, right balance of heartfelt and humour through out that piece.
— Niall wright (@Niallwright5) May 15, 2020
Every word is spot on, particularly like him pointing out that footballers will be going back to safest work places possible,anymore moans from certain top level players about ‘risking their life’ should be dismissed for what they are,totally irrational,time to get on with it!
— Eamonn (@etmcg78) May 15, 2020
— Dale Metcalfe (@DaleMetcalfe19) May 15, 2020
Everything about #lufc shouts what an amazing transformation they have made under @andrearadri with Kinnear an excellent hire. A good guy. We are all united in getting back to where we belong, if other teams want to stay in the premier league, play better all season next time!!
— Gav Winter (@JediWinter) May 15, 2020
Class 👍👏, that is all
— Chris Pickles (@pokerpicks) May 15, 2020
“the brilliantly audacious precedent that Premier League teams shouldn’t have to play matches if they don’t think they can win them & the equally Machiavellian suggestion that a team could refuse to be relegated if they believe that the promoted team is not deserving” .Brilliant!
— Stuart Anderson (@sturoseheart) May 15, 2020
— Jimbo Powlerio (@JimboPowlerio) May 15, 2020
Leeds United showing some teeth against the blocking tactics of Premier League bottom clubs. Good. https://t.co/7UbtoAKuWI
— James King (@jamesrobking) May 15, 2020