'Upsetting...' - Exclusive: Bent reacts to EFL chief's 'Impossible' Leeds remark
Darren Bent insists it will be “impossible” to find a balanced solution as EFL chairman Rick Parry says it is “premature” to talk about promoting Leeds United automatically this season.
The former Aston Villa and Tottenham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims league chiefs are going to face upsetting at least one section of clubs.
As quoted by journalist Johnathan Veal, EFL chief Parry, speaking to a Digital, Media, Sports and Culture committee, stated that there has to be a “fair and balanced answer” over whether the table-topping Whites should be promoted upon the season finishing early.
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
However, Bent believes it is an impossible task for the league to find a balanced solution, insisting that any proposal put forward will have winners and losers.
Bent told Football Insider: “It’s going to be impossible because for a situation that might work for some people, you’re never going to get everyone going: ‘Yep, we’re on the same page.’
“You’re going to get teams at the bottom of the Premier League, Championship, League One and Two going: ‘Yeah, we don’t mind voiding the season’ because obviously they get to stay in the division.
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“Then you’ve got teams at the top of the table that are going to go: ‘No, we’ve got a chance to get promoted or to win the title so we don’t want it voided.’ Then you have teams in the middle who are going to have mixed feelings, maybe, maybe not.
“You’re never going to be able to get everyone on the same page and no matter what situation you come up with, you’re going to upset somebody.”
Leeds currently lead second-placed West Brom by a single point while Fulham are a further six points behind in third.
Brentford and Nottingham Forest are both level on points in fourth and fifth respectively, while just three points separate sixth-placed Preston and the five teams below them.
In other Leeds United news, Bent has tipped five big names to leave Elland Road this summer.