Morecambe boss Derek Adams hopes for a clear way ahead following key EFL vote

Morecambe boss Derek Adams believes promotion and relegation will still take place as EFL clubs prepare for a key vote.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 8:00 am
Morecambe's players look set to see their season finally ended

A vote is due to take place on Tuesday concerning how the 2019/20 season will end.

The coronavirus pandemic has meant a lack of football since early March with the clubs and authorities trying to find a solution.

The EFL board had previously decided to progress with its original plan in the event of curtailment.

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That would see positions in League One and League Two decided on unweighted points-per-game – with promotion and relegation.

That proposal was set to be voted upon by clubs in the Championship, League One and Two – but other clubs have also put forward methods.

One of them is Tranmere Rovers, who propose points-per-game but also add in a margin of error, whereby teams can only be automatically promoted or relegated if they remain in a promotion/relegation position after the margin of error is applied.

League One and Two clubs are then set to vote on whether or not to end the season based on which framework is agreed.

League Two have indicated a wish to curtail the season but without relegation, while in League One, clubs are undecided on how to proceed.

“I think there will be promotion and relegation,” Adams said.

“However it’s going to be very difficult if the Championship clubs go back and start playing.

“If you’re a League One club who doesn’t play because you feel you can’t afford the testing or afford to play, why should you get promoted after 37 games when the Championship clubs have played 46 games because they can

afford it?

“It’s going to be very difficult to work out what the right approach will be.

“We’ve seen all the different ideas like points-per-game or declare the season null and void.

“Now we’ve had enough. We’re two months into it and we don’t have a plan where we know what’s going to happen.”