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Exclusive: Ian Harte delivers clear verdict on whether the 2019/20 season should resume

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Ian Harte believes there will be no more football played this season in the EFL, citing how football cannot take resources away from those that need it most in the NHS.  

The football season has been on hold since the first weekend in March, with the Championship, League One and League Two all waiting on the governing bodies to decide how the campaign will be concluded as pubic safety takes ultimate importance.

Reports from The Athletic this morning have told us that the League One and Two campaigns are likely to be ended prematurely, with votes to be then cast on how to decide the positions in the table. What happens in the Premier League and Championship remains to be seen, with Leeds and West Brom sweating on their respective promotion pushes and whether they’ll be offered the chance to move back into the top-flight.

Things starting up again in the Championship behind closed doors remain a possibility, but for Harte, he can’t see any more football being played in the division.

Speaking exclusively to Football League World this week, Harte said: “If I was a betting man, I can’t see anymore football being played.  

“I just can’t see it; I know everyone is crying out for it, but that means taking an ambulance away from NHS staff or someone that’s in vital need of an ambulance.

“To place them all around the Championship – I can’t see League One and Two completing – you’re taking NHS staff away from hospitals.”

The options beyond a potential abandonment of the 2019/20 season have been discussed in the media for weeks now, with some reports suggesting that the likes of Leeds and West Brom could win promotion on sporting merit.

However, the Championship is having to wait until a decision is made in the Premier League, with English football’s top division looking to put a restart project in place.


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Leeds United fan and proud to have reported on their promotion-winning 2019/20 campaign.

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