'No equity or logic' - proposal tabled by Portsmouth rival Tranmere criticised by League Two chairman

Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince.  Picture: GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty ImagesForest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince.  Picture: GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images
Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince. Picture: GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images | Getty Images
Tranmere’s alternative proposal for ending the English Football League season has been designed ‘specifically’ to help them avoid relegation, according to the chairman of League Two club Forest Green.

EFL clubs had until 2pm today to submit their own plans for how to cut short the 2019-20 campaign, with the league itself in favour of a framework including promotion, relegation, a four-team play-off competition and a final table based on an unweighted points-per-game system.

That framework, if the season was curtailed, would see Pompey – who want to see the campaign reach a natural conclusion – finish the season in fifth place and set up a play-off against Oxford.

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But Tranmere chairman Mark Palios put forward an alternative where a 'margin for error' is built into the points-per-game system, and only clubs who still occupy a promotion or relegation place after that has been factored in should go up or down.

The margin of error would open up the opportunity for more teams to compete in an expanded play-offs, too, if they wished to.

Palios told the PA news agency on Monday that his club's plan ‘reflects the wishes of the majority of clubs’.

But Dale Vince, the chairman of Forest Green, questioned whether that was the case.

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He wrote on Twitter: ‘Surprised to read this. Tranmere's proposal is complex and looks designed specifically for their circumstances - to avoid relegation. I see no equity or logic in it.’

Tranmere currently sit 21st in League One and would be relegated if unweighted PPG was applied.

Clubs will now vote for their favoured framework, and after that each division is set to vote on whether to play on or end the season using the agreed framework.

The Championship is set to play on, with a provisional restart date of June 20 set at the weekend.

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Nevertheless, it would use the same framework if the competition restarted but was subsequently forced to stop again.

League One sides are undecided on how to proceed, while League Two clubs have indicated a desire to end the season but wanted to do so with the threat of relegation removed.

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