Sunderland and League One rivals could face a mini-tournament to win promotion
Radical new plans could see Leagues One and Two decided by the top eight sides from each division taking part in a mini-tournament, according to reports.
The 2019-20 football season has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis with Premier League and EFL bosses working on plans of how to conclude the current campaign, when safe to do so.
Fresh reports claim one idea put forward was a mini-tournament in the third and fourth tier.
Sky Sports report: "Leagues One and Two could be decided by the top eight sides from each division taking part in a mini-tournament to decide who is promoted.
"The idea, one of three plans presently under consideration, was suggested during a meeting of club captains and the League on Friday.
"The EFL's preference remains to finish the season by playing all remaining games over a 56-day period but contingency plans are being discussed in case that plan has to be discarded due to the coronavirus pandemic."
The EFL, in a statement on Saturday, have confirmed that their desire to conclude the 2019/20 season remains ‘unchanged’ – and have backed-up claims that new financial measures could be imposed following the coronavirus outbreak.
The League One season has been suspended since March 14, with an indefinite suspension placed on all EFL games.
But while calls for the season to end have gained momentum in some quarters, the governing body remain committed to finishing the season.
Sky Sports add: "No decisions will be taken until the government sets out plans for how the present lockdown will proceed after May 7."