Derby County chairman Mel Morris has suggested Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion should be promoted if the season is ended without playing any more games, which has drawn an interesting reaction from fans of the Yorkshire club.
Leeds are top of the Championship and were frontrunners to secure promotion before the delay to the season began more than two months ago.
The EFL announced yesterday that if the season is curtailed, the final places should be decided using an unweighted points-per-game system, with promotion and relation retained.
That would mean that the Whites would win the Championship and likely secure promotion to the Premier League, ending their 16-year absence from the top flight.
It appears that would be a deserved promotion in the eyes of Morris, who revealed his stance speaking to Rams TV.
Morris said: “We have got to think carefully about this but in terms of whether the season is played out or not, let’s face it, if you stop the season now you will be hard-pressed to say that the top two probably shouldn’t just be promoted automatically.
“Certainly, if I was asked to vote for that, I would vote for that.”
His claim may come as something of a surprise to Leeds fans as relations between the two clubs have been frosty, to say the least, in recent years.
Their rivalry flared last season due to the ‘spygate’ saga and the play-off semi-final clash between the two sides.
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Morris’ comments have drawn an interesting reaction from fans of the Yorkshire club, many of whom have taken to Twitter to voice their thoughts.
Read their reaction here:
— Dan (@DManNotts) May 21, 2020
Still cant stand em
— DeanLUFC (@DeanLUFC1) May 21, 2020
Cute. He knows that division next season will be far easier to get out of without Leeds and WBA..
— richard proctor (@richardproctor1) May 21, 2020
April fools was weeks ago
— Jeff nurse (@Jeffnurse62) May 21, 2020
— Julie McHardy (@juliemchardy) May 21, 2020
Sick of us beating them that why 😂😂
— Deano LuFc (@deano_lufc) May 21, 2020
Not sure what to think about this….. pic.twitter.com/EfXmrtEc80
— Wok Wheaton 💙💛 (@Wokisan) May 21, 2020
There is a school of though that promoting Leeds & WBA gives the rest of the league a better chance of promotion next season but all support is welcome!
— Paul Moran (@MD_Leeds) May 21, 2020