Exclusive: Noel Whelan reacts to EFL update and what it means for Leeds
Former Leeds United star Noel Whelan insists it is “music to everyone’s ears” that the EFL have extended the end of the Championship season.
The ex-striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the update from officials.
The EFL confirmed on Thursday that the postponement of Championship fixtures has been stretched until the end of April, while the end of the season has been extended ‘indefinitely’.
📰 The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, collectively agree to further postpone games until no earlier than the 30th April
— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 19, 2020
With the Whites’ promotion hopes on the line, Whelan insists the update was good news for Marcelo Bielsa’s men as it signals an intent to finish the season by whatever means necessary.
“I think it’s music to everyone’s ears really,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“You come to this stage of the season, you haven’t really got that many games left. If you really needed to you could play Tuesday and the Saturday for four weeks and your season’s done.
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“That’s how quickly the season can be done. If it needs to be behind closed doors, it’s behind closed doors. I think for the integrity of the competition and the league, it’s got to be finished, it really does.
“We want to see a conclusion, we’re so close to it and it wouldn’t take that much time. You’ve got that opportunity to conclude the season and it’s the right thing to do.”
Leeds currently sit one point ahead of West Brom and seven points clear of third-placed Fulham at the top of the Championship table.
One of the Whites’ final games of the season is against the Cottagers, while they also have to face play-off hopefuls Cardiff, Blackburn and Swansea.
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