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Play-offs and no relegation!

League 2 clubs have voted to end their season, as expected.
The news also reveals:
3 teams to be promoted.
Play-offs will happen.
No relegation.


The promotion/no relegation issue is one of interest. It suggests the National League will promote 2 clubs and League 1 relegate 2 instead of 3. But I am sure Bolton and Southend will fight for no relegation.

They haven't stated the format of the play-offs, or how many teams will be involved in them. League 2 was very competitive, with Crewe and Swindon in the top two places a point ahead of Plymouth. These 3 look like they will go up.
Exeter, Cheltenham, Colchester and Northampton sit in the traditional play-off places, with Port Vale missing out by a point. But could they go with a larger format? The clubs outside the play-offs would surely fight for their chances of promotion?

A tough time for League 2 clubs, who rely a lot of gate revenue. They will get some money dripped down from the PL, but the chances of next season being played in front of fans is very much in doubt.

League 1 clubs have been unable to come to a unanimous decision, with their situation more clouded by different number of games played. Wycombe, for example, sit outside the play-off places but have a game in hand that a win would see them level on points with 2nd placed Rotherham. Down the other end Tranmere sit in the 3rd relegation spot, but have a game in hand on Wimbledon and are 3 points behind them. That could be solved if League 1 only relegate 2 teams.



posted on 15/5/20

But it is a season that will end, so you are punishing them twice?
They could argue that without the penalty they could have had better results and been fighting for promotion (long shot of course, but you can't prove it wrong).

posted on 15/5/20

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posted on 15/5/20

They said no relegation, just need it to be signed off.

posted on 15/5/20

Just seen that the EFL have not committed to "no relegation" but that is what was voted for by the clubs.

posted on 15/5/20

there are several considerations here.

first that it's not worth these clubs while play behind closed doors.

second they need to sort out league1 with only 23 teams there now so promotion to league 1 = 26 teams so 2 down to league 2 seems to be what's coming.

people need realise that national league clubs will sue here and the championship clubs cannot demand promotion when the bottom end of the football league are denying entry to their own league.

posted on 15/5/20

also 24 clubs voting doesn't mean the fa would allow it.

posted on 15/5/20

The Football League hasnt denied entry though.

posted on 15/5/20

So would it be 3 teams extra in the Premier League no relegation all round and make the lower leagues up from below?

There will be plenty of scope from outside the National leagues.

posted on 15/5/20

Loading the divisions with extra teams seems like a very risky gamble, for numerous reasons.

Seems a viable and one the fairest solutions to some but if next season has any hiccups, which is possible, it could be the straw that breaks the camels back.

posted on 15/5/20

I agree Footy but its a risk whatever they do but nowhere near as much as carrying on.

The infection rate is back up albeit hopefully temporary.

Scrap the fa and league cups for a year and as it is not viable Europe for a season or so.

Plenty of time if possible to fulfil a new season if we are lucky and it is planned properly and TV companies will recoup losses from this year with more games next season.

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