Exclusive: Whelan reacts after Stuart Webber objects to Leeds & West Brom promotion
Noel Whelan insists the clubs trying to deny Leeds United and West Brom promotion are doing so because of vested interest.
The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, reiterated the need for relegation and promotion regardless of how the season plays out.
Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber today suggested Championship sides should not be promoted unless their remaining fixtures are completed.
Webber told Sky Sports his club “would not accept” relegation and Leeds’ promotion if the Premier League completed their fixtures and the Championship did not.
Whelan suggested the Canaries will object to any proposal that increases their likelihood of relegation.
“It needs to be decided,” he told Football Insider. “They are all adamant they want to finish the season.
“There is going to be cases where people test positive but squads are big enough to deal with that. There has got to be relegation, promotion and champions. There is too much riding on it.
“The teams that are objecting to it are the teams at the bottom which does not surprise me.
“There has to be a conclusion. The Football League and the Premier League have come to the conclusion that it needs to be done.
“Nobody wants the restructuring of the Premier League. People want relegation and promotion. Some clubs are worried for their own sake and that is because of their league position.”
Leeds have a seven-point cushion in the race for automatic promotion whilst Norwich are bottom of the Premier League, six points from safety with nine games remaining.
EFL chairman Rick Parry revealed last week that the Football League intend to restart using teams’ own venues.
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