'Devastating' - Exclusive: Kev Phillips view amid EFL chairman's Leeds promotion update
Kevin Phillips insisted Leeds United “can still be caught” in the race for automatic promotion but admitted it would be “devastating” for them now if they miss out.
The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, shared his view after Rick Parry’s update yesterday.
The EFL chairman was coy on the subject of Leeds and West Brom gaining promotion if this season’s remaining fixtures cannot be completed.
Rick Parry on whether Leeds should be promoted and Liverpool be champions: "It is premature. There is no right answer. But we have to come up with a fair and balanced answer."
— Jonathan Veal (@jonathandveal83) May 5, 2020
Parry was providing evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee about the impact of coronavirus on the football league.
The former Premier League chief claimed it was “premature” to speak of crowning champions or promoting teams.
When asked by Football Insider if promoting the Championship’s top two was the fairest approach if the season cannot be completed, Phillips said: “They can still be caught. There is no given that they are going to continue winning football matches after a long break.
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“The teams behind them will think they can catch them.
“It would be massively disappointing (if the fixtures could not be completed). There is light at the end of the tunnel and unless we have a relapse…
“If nobody was to get promoted and nobody was to get relegated it would be really disappointing.
“Whenever we can it needs to get finished. From a Leeds point of view, having come so close for two seasons, and sitting pretty at the moment, it would be devastating.”
Leeds are currently seven points clear of third-placed Fulham and a point clear of second-placed West Brom with nine fixtures remaining.
The Dutch league have declared their season over with no champions, relegation or promotion and Whites will be hoping the EFL do not follow suit.
In other Leeds United news, Michael Brown has told Football Insider he has spoke to Sean Dyche over potential summer signing.