'They'll be Devastated' - Exclusive: Phillips issues Leeds verdict after PL update
Kevin Phillips has claimed that Leeds United would be “devastated” if they are forced to redo their entire season because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international suggested that finishing the campaign at a later date would be a better solution for all concerned, but did admit that finding the time to do so could prove to be difficult.
The EFL, Premier League, and FA confirmed on Friday that all scheduled matches in England have been postponed until at least April 3rd.
And while uncertainty continues to reign over how a solution to the problem will be found, Phillips has suggested that denying Leeds a place in the top flight would be the wrong decision.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “We’re all guessing when it [the season] is going to start again. I haven’t got a clue and I don’t think the government and everybody else has a clue.
“In an ideal world you’d want the season to finish at some point – I understand there’s suggestions that it could start up again in September. I can’t see that happening because of the knock on effect on next season.
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“Finishing the season would be my preferred option, but I don’t see how that could happen, unless this gets contained really quick.
“Leeds and West Brom have worked extremely hard to get to the position that they have. Obviously, Leeds, last couple of seasons have come very, very close.
“They’ll be devastated if it does have to be scrapped and they have to start fresh next season. It’s a bizarre, incredible situation we’re in at the minute.”
Leeds are currently top of the Championship with nine games to go.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are one point ahead of second-place West Brom, but hold a seven-point lead over third-placed Fulham.
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