Revealed: Leaked letter sent to Leeds & West Brom details EFL's 56-day plan to end season
Championship top-two Leeds United and West Brom have been sent a letter by the EFL that outlines a 56-day plan to complete the season, Football Insider understands.
The Football League wants all its clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two to instruct players and staff to take holidays now and not return to training until May 16 “at the earliest”.
A leaked letter from EFL chairman Rick Parry, details of which have been told to Football Insider, does not specify a season return date but strongly suggests plans for a resumption by mid-June with the aim of completing the season in August.
The 71 team have been told to expect to play matches behind closed doors even though the Coronavirus pandemic predicted to have peaked at that point.
Parry has been in constant contact during the last month with Championship clubs, including top two Leeds and West Brom, with negotiations on a virtual daily basis.
It was announced last Friday that the previous 30th April resumption date had been pushed back indefinitely.
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Now, the EFL has sketched out its plan for completing the season, which Parry estimates “will require approximately 56 days” including the play-off matches.
He is “hopeful of a conclusion in the summer months” although stresses the need to operate in alliance with strict Government advice and guidelines.
Parry said it was important for clubs to consider giving players holiday time now, as there is likely to be only a short gap between this season ending and the new one beginning.
For reasons of sporting integrity and to avoid owing a huge financial rebate to broadcasters and sponsors, the preference for Premier League and most Football League clubs is to complete the season.
This would certainly benefit Leeds and West Brom, who are well clear at the top of the Championship with nine matches remaining.
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