Alan Hutton has warned “it would be really unfair” if Leeds United are not promoted after EFL chairman Rick Parry claimed today it would be “premature” to talk about automatically elevating the Championship leaders.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the EFL cannot keep every club happy when it comes to deciding how the season should progress.
Speaking about the Whites’ promotion hopes to the government’s Department of Culture, Media & Sport select committee today, Parry was quoted as saying the governing body “have to come up with a fair and balanced answer.”
Rick Parry on whether Leeds should be promoted and Liverpool be champions: "It is premature. There is no right answer. But we have to come up with a fair and balanced answer."
— Jonathan Veal (@jonathandveal83) May 5, 2020
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Hutton claims that Leeds deserve to return to the Premier League after their season so far but insists there will be disgruntled clubs no matter the solution.
“I don’t think you’re going to make everyone happy, it’s a difficult one, there’s so many things to be argued about – promotion, relegation, how many teams come up?” Hutton told Football Insider.
“There’s millions of things. What happens the season after, how’s it working? I would not be in the people’s shoes who have to make the decision because there will be backlash. You can’t help everybody, somebody’s going to be disappointed.
“Leeds, they deserve to go up. They’ve been outstanding, they’ve done really well, they’ve had a hard time the last few seasons but this looked like their season so I think it would be really unfair if they weren’t to go up.”
Leeds currently sit top of the Championship table by a single point with nine games left to play.
Second-placed West Brom are a further six points clear of Fulham in third, while fourth-placed Brentford and 11th-placed Swansea are just seven points apart.
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