The EFL is reportedly set to end League One and League Two next week and it seems increasingly likely that Sunderland will not be promoted to the Championship this season, which has drawn a frustrated response from fans of the North East club.
The Black Cats are seventh in League One as things stand – outside the top six on goal difference and just three points back from the automatic promotion places.
Phil Parkinson’s side will likely feel confident of their chances of promotion should the 2019/20 campaign resume but it seems they may not get that chance.
According to The Athletic, the EFL is set to tell League One and League Two clubs that there is no possibility of playing more matches this season.
It is understood that clubs will then be asked to vote on potential proposals for completing the campaign – with a weighted points-per-game system the current favourite.
That proposal would mean Coventry City, Rotherham United and Oxford United are promoted, while the Black Cats remain in League One.
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Many Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to reveal their concern that their side is facing a third consecutive season in the division.
Read their reaction here:
Administration followed by liquidation next year I reckon. No money to replace the 12+ players out of contract in June. Tragic. I don't know what scares me more, the club going out of existence or the fact that there are people who genuinely believe Stuart Donald saved us
— Mike Taylor (@MikeyTaylor83) May 8, 2020
Feeling let down.
Falling out of love with the club again.
Ran by tin pot owners, and it’s showing.#SAFC
— SAFCTEES (@safctees) May 8, 2020
It’s poor, but nothing more than we deserve
— Brian Smith (@orbsdurham) May 8, 2020
A sad indictment on the state of our club. The saddest thing for me is I’ve not missed football with this break. The downward spiral of the last 5 years has taken its toll. That said it is like a drug, when we get back underway I will be hooked on the hope we bounce back!
— SteveA (@redjasper73) May 8, 2020
Oh well at least we still have the worst owner and the worst manger in our history I honesty think we will be lucky if we come out of this with a football club it really is that bad 😔😔😔
— Elliott Macdonald (@elliott4047) May 8, 2020
I’m genuinely concerned that us and some some other clubs won’t make it out the other side of this.
— David Pattison (@DPatz79) May 8, 2020
Doooooomed I said we’re doooooomed @JohnMi7chell
— Jase 73 (@JasonGregory6) May 8, 2020
Going out of business absolutely disgraceful.
— Tom Cummings (@CummingstpcTom) May 8, 2020