'Fantastic for Leeds' - Exclusive: Ex-striker reacts to critical new update

Noel Whelan insisted there can be no arguments now if Leeds United gain promotion after both the Premier League and Championship announced return dates.

The former Leeds and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the talk of relegation being unfair could now be quashed as both leagues take a significant step away from curtailment.

An EFL statement on Sunday evening confirmed the governing body’s plan to restart on 20 June with the Championship Play-Off Final to conclude the season on 30 July.

It comes after the government officially announced that all professional sports could return behind-closed-doors from 1 June.

The Championship will closely follow the Premier League which is set to recommence on 17 June with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal.

When asked by Football Insider how promising the news was in Leeds’ bid for promotion, Whelan said: “It is fantastic.

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“The testing has been done the right way and there has been great results that have come back.

“It is good for the Premier League and Championship that we will see a conclusion because there has been a lot talked about relegation being unfair but there will be nothing to argue about now.

“Both leagues are going to be completed.”

EFL Chair Rick Parry said: “With Sky Bet Championship Clubs set to return to full contact training later this week and following Saturday’s Government announcement, we are edging closer towards resuming the 2019/20 EFL season.

“We have therefore today consulted with the Board’s Championship Directors and agreed to fixtures restarting behind closed doors on 20 June.”

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