Jim White has revealed more details surrounding the ‘civil war’ developing in the Championship, with Leeds United and Nottingham Forest facing a backlash over wage deferrals from rivals such as Preston North End.
Leeds were amongst the first clubs to agree wage deferrals with their first-team squad upon the EFL’s postponement, with the Telegraph detailing how others in the Championship, including Forest, have followed their lead.
However, the same report looks at Preston, who never entered talks over deferrals with their playing staff, with it their belief that the club who deferred wages should be punished by having a block on transfers.
Today, Jim White has looked to add more information to the subject, telling talkSPORT (5/5/2020, 12pm): “We’re told that Championship clubs, we were told by a couple of club CEOs last night, now we’re hearing that other Championship clubs are gearing up for some sort of civil war, a fresh battle over transfers.
“A number of tier-two clubs, such as Preston, say that rival clubs who have agreed deferment plans for wages should be blocked from making transfers when the window opens.
“Why is that? Preston haven’t talked to their players about wage deferrals and they claim that clubs that have should have restrictions placed on them.”
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The Championship season has been on hold since the first weekend of March, with nine games remaining across the board in English football’s second-tier.
Leeds sit top of the pile, with West Brom narrowly behind them in second; Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Preston make up the play-off places.
There’s a lot going on across the UK right now and the governing bodies have plenty to sort out.
However, this story doesn’t feel like it’s going away and as the summer transfer window begins to draw that little bit closer, you can’t help but feel we will hear more about it.
There’s clearly some annoyance at Preston, but plenty of clubs in the Championship have taken the same stance as the likes of Leeds and Forest, whether that’s right or wrong.
Punishing them all would be harsh.
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