EFL meeting RECAP: Third season in League One for Sunderland after key vote

Today is D-Day for clubs in League One with the EFL vote finally set to take place over how to conclude the 2019-20 campaign.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 5:48 pm

Clubs are voting on whether to curtail or resume. If curtailed then there are various proposals put forward as to how to decide relegation and promotion matters via a points-per-game formula.

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There is a large number of clubs who want to curtail the season, with Sunderland’s play-off chances hanging by a thread, their only chance is if the season resumes.

Phil Parkinson, manager of Sunderland.

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  • Clubs are voting today on how to conclude the 2019-20 campaign.
  • Sunderland want the season to restart but it looks likely to be curtailed and the table decided on a points-per-game formula.
  • Sunderland’s only chance of promotion is if the season restarts.

Hello and welcome to our live blog, it’s a big day with the EFL vote finally taking place today.

We’ll have all the latest developments from this morning’s meeting. 

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Select League One clubs have resumed training as they gear-up for a potential return to action in the coming weeks.

Oxford United and Fleetwood Town were both back on the training field today as they took early steps towards a return to action – with the duo set to take part in the traditional end of season play-offs even if the 2019/20 season is curtailed, as is widely expected.

Portsmouth are also set to follow suit in the coming days, with the trio having also seen their players testing for COVID-19 during the latter parts of last week. 

It is also understood that Wycombe Wanderers saw their players tested last week, meaning that all four clubs who would take part in the play-offs under the EFL’s proposed framework to decide the season have been subject to testing procedures.

No other League One clubs, including Sunderland, have seen their players tested under the EFL’s procedures.

Everything you need to know

The meeting is underway

The meeting and subsequent will take place over a virtual platform, and will begin at 10:30am. 

EFL chair Rick Parry is set to lead the conversation, with representatives from each EFL club offered the chance to attend. For Sunderland, that is likely to be chief executive Jim Rodwell.

However, a number of clubs are not expected to join the meeting and will instead vote via proxy.

What are clubs voting on?

There could be as many as three rounds of voting taking place on Tuesday, with EFL clubs set to vote on a string of proposals and amendments.

Here’s each round explained in detail:

Vote 1

The first vote will see clubs decide the framework upon which seasons will be decided if they are curtailed.

Here, clubs will vote on the EFL’s own proposal which would see standings, plus promotion and relegation, decided on an unweighted points-per-game basis. The play-offs in each division will take place as usual and should not be extended.

Once the proposal mentioned above is passed, as is widely expected, clubs can then vote on a number of potential amendments to the chosen framework. These are:

- The Barnsley Proposal – No club should be relegated in a division that fails to fulfill its fixtures.

- The Tranmere Proposal – Tables will be decided on unweighted points-per-game but with a ‘margin for error’ formula applied. Clubs will then be given a ‘Final Points Range’ which would determine whether they are promoted, relegated or take part in an extended play-off competition.

- The Lincoln City amendment – Any points deductions awarded to clubs will be deducted after the points-per-game calculation is made, rather than applied as part of the calculation.

- The Stevenage amendment – No club should be relegated from League Two if clubs opt to curtail the fourth tier season.

- The Ipswich amendment – Should the League One season be ended, clubs should be able to vote on alternative play-off options.

After a framework is established for finishing the season, individual leagues can hold a vote to determine whether their seasons are curtailed or continued.

In League One, it is widely expected that the season will be finished.

This vote may take place on Tuesday, but could take place later in the week if clubs wish to take stock of the finalised framework before casting their vote.

League Two, of course, have already voted to curtail their season while the Championship are preparing for a June 20 restart.

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