Deadline Day for clubs to submit alternative EFL proposals on how to conclude the season
Ipswich Town and their League One rivals have until 14:00 today (Tuesday) to submit an alternative proposal to the EFL on how to conclude the League One season.
Last week, the EFL released an overdue statement confirming they will be sticking with the original decision which will either see the season continued behind closed doors, the EFL’s and Town’s preferred stance, or end the season early with a points-per-game model deciding the final places.
However, clubs can put forward alternative suggestions to the EFL on how to finish the season, with Tranmere Rovers doing just that.
Rovers, who will be relegated if the league is determined by the PPG method, have also suggested a points PPG calculation, but it includes a ‘margin for error calculator’ taking into account clubs who traditionally perform well (or not) during the final stages of the season.
Confused? Us too! The proposal (click here for a detailed explanation), looks at the final nine games over the last three seasons, could see the calculated points for the final nine games range from -5.45 to +6.3% on average.
Unsurprisingly, that system would see Tranmere Rovers remain in League One next season, with the play-off picture changing as Peterborough and Sunderland would both be in contention for a potential Wembley visit.
Speaking on his head scratching idea, Tranmere chairman Mark Palios said: “We’re trying to effect a compromise as close to the EFL’s position but iterate our original proposal to reflect the wishes of the majority of clubs and achieve a fairer solution that football people will recognise as such.”
The Premier League and Championship are set to resume during June, with four League Two clubs preparing for their end of season play-off matches after clubs voted unanimously to end the season early.
Clubs are set to meet on Monday 8th June to vote on how the season will be concluded, with only a 51 per cent majority now needed to sanction any outcome.
Meanwhile, one regulation change which has been reportedly approved, is the additional time clubs will have to offer new deals to players who are out of contract this season.
This is according to the Sunderland Echo, who believe the changes were voted and approved at a meeting in May.
Usually players who are out of contract can be approached by other clubs from the third week in May. However, the EFL are working towards the guidelines set out via FIFA last month.
Players can usually be approached by other clubs following the conclusion of the season, the EFL are now pushing that date back until the 24th June, with clubs having until the 23rd to offer new deals or release.
In the event that fixtures will continue past June 30, out of contract players can sign a short-term extension which will run until such a point as the 2019/20 season is completed.
Any player who leaves their club and joins a new team will not be eligible for their new club until the start of the new season. This would avoid clubs strengthening their squads at the expense of rivals for the end of the current season.
Town have virtually concluded all of their business in terms of players whose terms were up this summer.
Armando Dobra and Cole Skuse have signed new deals with the club, while Town have taken up the year option on the deals for Andre Dozzell, Brett McGavin, Harry Wright and Gwion Edwards.
At the moment Will Keane, Danny Rowe and Jordan Roberts are all set to leave the club, but Lee O’Neill has suggested that the door is not completely closed on their Town futures.
Town, like the rest of the clubs in the EFL, will have to submit their official retained list no later than June 23, in line with the new regulations.