'Going to be tears' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to Leeds promotion claim from EFL

Noel Whelan insists it would be totally fair for Leeds United and West Brom to be automatically promoted after EFL chairman Rick Parry’s comments on the prospect.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds forward claims enough of the season has passed for the Championship’s top two to be awarded promotion if the campaign is called off early.

Asked about the possibility of automatically promoting Leeds this season, EFL chief Parry, speaking to a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, said it was “premature” and there would have to be a “fair and balanced answer”.

Whelan claims that with the Whites and the Baggies six points clear of the rest of the league, no one could have any complaints if they were to go up without the season being completed.

“There are going to be tears but there can only be tears for the people who are going to cry about things because they’ve not been good enough this season,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“It’s as simple as that, we’ve played over three-quarters of the games, only nine games left, they are where they are for a reason. We keep talking about a midway point, which is December, January, where you know what you’re fighting for.

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“If you’ve not been good enough until that point, you know what you’re going to be battling for till the end of the season. No one could have thought anything like this was going to happen, it’s unprecedented, but where you stand is a reflection on how you’ve done this season.

“I don’t see any problems with that. If it needs to be two or three go up, they go up. They’ve been the best three teams in the Championship up until now. They’ve won more games, been more consistent, won more points. I don’t see how any of the teams can grumble about that – the three up there have been better than the other lot, simple as.”

Fulham currently sit third in the Championship table, four points off Brentford and Nottingham Forest in fourth and fifth respectively.

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