The League One and League Two clubs voted to shorten their seasons due to the coronavirus, with promotion and relegation decided based on points per game and playoffs.
Although League One clubs were divided over whether to continue, with teams like Peterborough and Portsmouth strongly in favor of continuing, the majority voted to stop League games. Coventry and Rotherham rise to the championship and Tranmere, to their great vocal disappointment, join Southend and Bolton to be demoted.
League Two clubs indicated their desire to shorten the season last month and this was confirmed in Tuesday’s vote, with Forest Green’s only vote continuing on to the league games. Crewe, Swindon and Plymouth are automatically promoted and a club will be demoted to the National League.
Stevenage is basically, but the situation is complicated by a disciplinary case brought by the league against Macclesfield, which is three points above Stevenage but could have points deducted if found guilty by an independent commission.
“Due to ongoing disciplinary issues, final placements cannot yet be confirmed,” said the championship. He added that relegation would only be implemented if the National League assured that the 2020-21 season will begin.
The play-offs will be played in League One by Oxford, Portsmouth, Fleetwood and Wycombe, who move to third place from eighth through the points model per game, and in League Two by Exeter, Cheltenham, Colchester and Northampton. Those clubs are being tested for Covid-19.
Voting took place after an extraordinary general meeting of all 71 league companies decided to adopt the framework of the EFL board to finalize the table, rejecting alternative proposals put forward by Barnsley and Tranmere.
The league club has agreed that three teams will be relegated from that division in the event that the season, which is expected to resume on June 20, will not be completed. The amendments to the EFL Management Board framework proposed by Ipswich, Lincoln and Stevenage have been rejected.
Forest owner Green, Dale Vince said, “The vote didn’t take too long. It wasn’t a surprise because I think the decision was made by most clubs over a month ago, but this was the case. just confirming. We know where we are now. We have seen how things will look next year. “
Vince said the club is considering following Hibernian by running a cashless stadium and hoped to reach fans despite being resigned to games behind closed doors until the beginning of the year. “We have a growing global fan base that we want to do more for,” he said.
The National League board of directors will meet on Wednesday, with proposals on how to determine the final standings and end the season that should be presented by the league’s chief executive, Michael Tattersall. The National League is likely to follow the EFL using a point model per game, and it is understood that there is still a stir for the playoffs. Another early option is that points per game could promote two teams in the event that playoffs are not played.
Meanwhile, shadow sports minister Alison McGovern and shadow secretary of state Jo Stevens have called for an urgent meeting with the government and the EFL. A letter sent to the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, Oliver Dowden, expressed serious concern about the “acute” challenges that lower league clubs face after coronavirus. Several clubs are believed to be in extremely precarious financial positions and some are likely to fail without revenue for the day.
“So much work has been undertaken to try and tackle the current season, but the challenges of the coming season for the EFL clubs will be equally acute,” read the letter sent to Dowden and to Parliamentary Under-Secretary Nigel Huddleston on Monday evening. “Unlike the Premier League, many rely on ticket income as their main source of revenue. Many clubs are located in places that have experienced very difficult economic environments in the past decade, not just during this Covid-19 epidemic. Their fans may not be wealthy but they are devoted and we believe that no one should lose a much loved club due to a virus outbreak. “