Kevin Phillips claimed it will be a “huge blow” to Sunderland if the season is cancelled despite the Black Cats currently sitting outside the play-off spots.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted Phil Parkinson’s side were well placed to achieve promotion this year.
On Friday, League Two clubs voted unanimously to end their season, using a points-per-game basis to decipher league position with the hopes the play-offs can remain as planned.
However, League One clubs did not come to the same conclusion and the fate of the division is still to be agreed.
Darragh MacAnthony, owner of Peterborough United issued a joint statement, on behalf of The Posh, the Black Cats, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Ipswich Town and Fleetwood Town – in which it was made apparent that all six clubs want the season to be played out.
When asked by Football Insider how the Stadium of Light would react if the season was cancelled, Phillips said: “Having performed fairly well for most of the season and having got themselves into a position where they are challenging for promotion – it would be a huge blow.
They are seventh and one place outside the play-offs but they are not far off the top two. There is a lot to play for.
“For that to be taken away from you for no fault of your own is a huge blow.
“From a player’s point of view, there is nothing like being in that race for promotion and the play-offs. It is so exciting. So for that not to happen would be a huge blow.”
***Breaking News*** I have been asked to relay this message on behalf of @OUFCOfficial @ftfc @Pompey @SunderlandAFC @IpswichTown @theposhofficial to the @EFL & the media ahead of the our @SkyBetLeagueOne meeting tomorrow morning –
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) May 14, 2020
The Black Cats are currently seventh, outside the play-off spots on goal difference.
However, only three points separate themselves and second-placed Rotheram.
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