Noel Whelan insisted the ‘grumblers’ like Huddersfield will not be able to prevent Leeds United from gaining promotion as they are in the minority.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was adamant most clubs will support a return to action in mid-June and will subsequently outweigh those calling for the season to end.

The Daily Mail claims a “Gang of Five” has emerged in the Championship, all of whom are resolutely opposed to the season’s resumption under the current circumstances.

Three of the five teams, who have taken a similar stance to the Premier League’s so-called Rebel-Six, are believed to be Yorkshire-based.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, four of the division’s relegation-threatened sides are Yorkshire based clubs.

When asked by Football Insider if vested interests were behind the sides objections to the season restarting, Whelan said: “Chairmen, people affiliated with clubs, they have got their own intentions. Everyone has a vested interest in their own clubs but it is up to the majority.

“It is going to be about outweighing the ones that are grumbling. They are only grumbling for their own interests.

“They should be dealing with their own clubs. If Huddersfield are down there battling, it is because they have not been good enough.

“Leeds are up there because they have been consistent throughout the season. Very rarely have Leeds been outside the top-two. It shows how strong they have been.

“Let them grumble, they are a minority.”

The Athletic revealed the EFL have set firm dates for the Championship’s return in an effort to align themselves with the Premier League.

England’s second tier is reportedly targeting a return to action on 12 June despite players unlikely to resume training until 25 May.

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