By Kevin Phillips

20th May, 2020 | 6:13pm

'Unfair' - Exclusive: Kev Phillips reacts as Sunderland chief delivers strong statement

Kevin Phillips claimed League One should not be decided on a points-per-game basis after Sunderland chief executive Jim Rodwell revealed the club’s position.

The former Stadium of Light striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the only way to complete the season was on the pitch – not via a computer.

If the final standings were determined on a points-per-game basis the Black Cats would miss out on the play-offs despite only three points separating themselves and second.

Rodwell, who was only appointed CEO last month, sent a strong message to League One today via the club’s official website.

The statement revealed that the club “strongly disagree” with the curtailment of the season and want to return to action much like the Premier League and Championship plan to do.

When asked by Football Insider if he would support league position being deciphered on a points-per-game basis, Phillips said: “I would be selfish and say that I do not want that to happen. I want Sunderland to get back into those play-offs.

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“It has obviously happened in Scotland, Celtic winning the league and Hearts getting relegated and it seems unfair. I would not want to see that happen.

“The teams need to battle it out on the pitch, not somebody working it out in an office.

“I would be lobbying for the season to be finished whenever possible. But if it cannot, I think everyone should just go again next season.”

The statement read: “The EFL is a professional league and it now needs to demonstrate the professionalism and obligation that comes with its historic status.”

League Two clubs voted unanimously to end their season, using a points-per-game basis to decipher league position with the hopes the play-offs can remain as planned.

In other Sunderland news, it can be REVEALED that club are in pole position to sign former striker.