English lower leagues to be called off next week amid coronavirus nightmare

ESPN reports that clubs in the EFL are working towards June 6th, although matches would be behind closed doors.

Leagues One and Two will be called off next week when the 47 clubs vote to end the season with immediate effect.

The EFL executive committee have been canvassing teams in the two lower divisions for their views on trying to complete the campaign.

And the vast majority believe there is no chance of reaching the finishing line and want to focus on planning for next season.

EFL chairman Rick Parry will host a video conference meeting to rule out the idea of declaring the current season null and void.

Then clubs must decide how to calculate the final tables to determine promotion and relegation issues.

A number of proposals have been put forward, but the most likely option is to work out the table on the basis of points-per-games played.

That would mean Wycombe, who are currently eighth in League One but with a game in hand on all the teams above them, jumping up to third.

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And with the play-offs being scrapped, that will be enough to secure them promotion to the Championship.

Swindon will also jump above Crewe to win the League Two title due to their game in hand and Cheltenham move up to fourth, now a promotion spot.

But Parry is desperate to avoid any kind of costly legal challenge and is hoping for an overwhelming consensus of opinion in the vote.

With 106 fixtures still to be played in League One and 112 in League Two, the EFL has reluctantly conceded defeat in the battle to get back on tracks.

They have not been included in the Government’s Project Restart.

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And with many clubs currently in furlough, they are not in any shape to make a quick return to football.

The major consideration has been the cost of completing the season behind closed doors.

Hundreds of players in Leagues One and Two will be out of contract on June 30 and would need to receive extra wages to continue playing beyond that date.

And clubs simply cannot afford to pay those fees after eight weeks of lockdown.

Salford co-owner Gary Neville said: “I’m 99 percent sure League One and League Two will not play again this season.

“We know the measures the Bundesliga and the Premier League are putting in place to allow football to happen and it’s going to cost a lot of money.

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