This is why the EFL have taken so long to organise vote as Portsmouth, Sunderland, Coventry, Ipswich and League One clubs wait on season’s outcome

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

This article contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission on items purchased through this article, but that does not affect our editorial judgement.

The EFL do not want to see League One completed on the pitch.

And seeing the final games take place without being curtailed would give the governing body a ‘massive headache’ they are keen to avoid.

That’s why the vote to decide the season’s outcome has dragged on so excessively since the campaign was suspended nearly three months ago, according to Pompey writer Jordan Cross.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The EFL have maintained their first choice would be for the football season to continue in the traditional manner, but, speaking in the latest episode of Pompey Talk which you can downloand HERE, Cross has doubts about that.

He said: ‘The EFL are suggesting their preference is to finish the season on the pitch. I would contend that’s a load of rubbish. That’s their official line, though.

‘I think the EFL deserve criticism for how long this whole process has taken.

Mark Palios has been very vocal pushing his agenda but found time to criticise the EFL for their handling of the situation.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

‘I think it’s important the public have picked up on this now. The EFL have got an extra headache if League One football continues.

The EFL logo  Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty ImagesThe EFL logo  Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
The EFL logo Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images | Getty Images

‘The logistics of doing so would give them a massive headache. Although they are publicly saying they want it finished on the pitch, it only gives them a headache.

‘So the longer this situation drags on the less likely they are to complete league within the stated 56-day timescale by the end of July. It’s going to be beyond that

‘So they can say “there you go, you can’t complete the league in that time now”.’

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

There’s been a number of proposals and amendments put forward by clubs ahead of Tuesday’s vote, which Cross added is also a consideration for things being held up of late.

He added: ‘In slight defence of the league there’s been such swathe of proposals and amendments put forward and they have to be considered

‘That probably gives them the perfect ammunition to delay things which is why we find ourselves in the situation we do now.’

Pompey Talk is free to download HERE on SoundCloud and is now also available on Spotify along with iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app. Simply search for Pompey Talk and subscribe to never miss an episode and have It downloaded straight to your device!

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.