Update on Leeds & West Brom joining 22-team league after BBC update
Any hope Leeds United and West Brom may have had of being part of a 22-team Premier League next season is all but over, Football Insider understands.
The possibility of a no-relegation-and-restructure option was floated after football’s initial suspension in mid-March.
A Premier League source has told Football Insider that it has been suggested again in recent days but is not considered a viable solution to the coronavirus pandemic that has caused such chaos to the English game and is effectively off the table.
This option would see a 22-team Premier League next season with Championship top-two Leeds and West Brom promoted, and no relegation from the top flight.
However, there is no appetite among clubs for four more matches in an already heavily congested fixture list that is set to be under further strain in a 2020-21 season likely to kick off later and be shoehorned into a tighter timeframe.
Nevertheless, there remains a strong determination from chiefs to do everything possible to push for the season to be completed.
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This comes amid the backdrop of a major BBC Sport update today claiming Government plans to hold talks over the next week with medical directors of major sports to help speed up a return to action “within weeks”.
Officials are open to the prospect of staging matches behind closed doors in order to complete league programmes.
That would be the case not only in the Premier League, but across all four professional divisions.
Leeds and West Brom are well clear at the top of the Championship with nine matches remaining.
Third-placed Fulham are six points adrift of Slaven Bilic’s side and seven behind league leaders United, who have won their last five games in the competition.
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