Exclusive: Phillips rallies behind Neville claim on plan that would doom West Ham

Kevin Phillips has rallied behind Gary Neville in objecting to a points-per-game proposal that would see West Ham survive relegation.

The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged the Premier League not to implement what he described as a “very, very harsh” suggestion.

According to Sky Sports such a format would see the Hammers, along with Watford and Brighton, survive relegation.

Gary Neville insisted such a proposal cannot be considered, even if the Premier League cannot complete the remaining fixtures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Football Insider understands ‘Project Restart’ could see a return to action as soon as June 6, if safe, as players prepare to return to training from Saturday.

When asked by Football Insider if there was a concern teams would favour a points-per-game relegation if they calculated that they would be safe, Phillips said: “I am pretty sure they would push for it.

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“It is just like the teams in and around the bottom all being in favour of no relegation.

“People are going to be upset whatever happens. Something has got to give but I do not think a points-per-game proposal would be fair.

“The season has to be finished and the Championship. If that takes us up to November then so be it.

“It would be very, very harsh to go down that route.”

All 20 clubs have voiced their preference for the remaining fixtures to be completed at their own stadiums despite the Premier League pushing for neutral venues.

David Moyes’ side are currently 16th, two spots outside the relegation places, but only goal difference separates themselves and 18th placed Bournemouth.

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