The key vote on the conclusion of the 2019/20 League One campaign is likely to take place next week, according to John Percy from The Telegraph.
It has been two months since fixtures were suspended but it seems we are moving towards a decision over if, how, and when the season will be finished.
The EFL revealed their recommended framework for the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign today, announcing that though resuming was the “the most appropriate course of action” the season can be curtailed with a 51% majority from clubs in the division.
According to Percy, that pivotal vote is likely to come next week for League One sides.
Latest on League One: will go to a vote on how the season finishes. Promotion/play-offs/relegation decided by PPG (points per game) or complete the games. Vote is likely to be next week
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) May 20, 2020
The options will be either completing the season on the pitch or curtailment, which would see final places decided on unweighted points-per-game – which means home and away fixtures are not weighted differently.
The EFL emphasised that promotion and relegation should be retained and that the play-offs should to be played in all circumstances, though they should not be extended beyond four teams.
It is understood that League One is divided at the moment between sides keen to continue the season and those that want to see if curtailed.
Late last week, six promotion-chasing League One sides – Sunderland, Portsmouth, Ipswich Town, Fleetwood Town, Oxford United, and Peterborough United – outlined their determination to ensure the season was completed on the pitch.
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It seems as if after more than two months of waiting we will likely get a decision on the conclusion of the 2019/20 League One campaign next week.
It looks set to be a pivotal vote for a number of sides at the top and bottom of the table.
That means that Coventry City, who are top of the table and have a game in hand over the rest of the top six, could be crowned champions and promoted next week.
On the other hand, Sunderland’s only hopes of securing promotion will now be by continuing the season on the pitch as PPG would see them outside the top six.