Town confirm play-off discussions while Posh DoF gives up on promotion

Town have confirmed their intentions for the EFL EGM, while Posh director of football appears to have given up hope on promotion this season after sounding out League One rivals.

The EFL’s crunch meeting is taking place on Tuesday morning, with clubs having the option to attend or not, with the option to vote before the day.

Earlier this week in their latest statement, the EFL announced that their framework has not changed, with the season to either be continued behind closed doors or ended early with a points-per-game model deciding the final places.

That model would see Coventry promoted as champions with Rotherham joining the Sky Blues in the Championship. Wycombe, Oxford, Portsmouth and Fleetwood would then battle it out in the play-offs for the remaining promotion place.

Tranmere Rovers would join Southend and Bolton in being relegated to League Two.

However, five clubs have put forward alternative proposals / regulation amendments against the EFL framework.

Barnsley have proposed no relegation from a division that fails to conclude its fixture schedule.

Tranmere have proposed a calculated points-per-game proposal. The proposal includes a ‘margin for error calculator’ taking into account clubs who traditionally perform well (or not) during the final stages of the season.

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.

Lincoln have proposed that points deductions on clubs are taken into consideration in any points per game formula while Stevenage have requested no relegation from League Two if the season is not played out.

As for Town, the club said this on the official website: “The club’s proposal, for League One only, is that there is further consultation between the (EFL) board and the clubs over an alternative play-off formula for 2019/20 and that any proposal that has the support of at least six other clubs should go to a vote,”

Barnsley’s proposal will be heard first, if that proposal is passed, it will impact on what follows. Tranmere’s proposal will be heard next and if that is passed, then the proposals from Lincoln, Stevenage and Town are unlikely to be voted for at that stage.

However, if Tranmere’s proposal is rejected by the majority of clubs, then the proposals from then the amendments from the other three clubs will be heard.  

If any of those proposals are passed they will be added as amendments to the EFL Board’s proposal and go to a vote. If the amendments are rejected, the board’s original proposal goes to the vote.

Each proposal would need to gain a 51 percent majority to be passed, with all 71 clubs from the Championship, League One and League Two voting.

Each division will then vote to either implement one of the amendments or original EFL framework, in League One 12 clubs will need to agree for a plan to be passed.

That number shouldn’t be a problem in the eyes of Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart, who believes 15 League One clubs will vote to end the season early.

Stewart’s view is backed up by Posh director of football Barry Fry, who along with his chief executive Bob Symns have contacted the other 22 League One clubs to see if they can gauge where the vote may go.

Fry has now given up hope on his beloved Posh gaining a shot of promotion, with the vast amount of League One set to vote against any amended proposal.

“We did get excited because the Tranmere proposal seemed very fair to a lot of clubs chasing promotion and trying to avoid relegation,” Fry told the Peterborough Telegraph. “It also didn’t affect those clubs who want to shut up shop.

“But myself and Bob have rang round the clubs and the support isn’t there. There are 16/17 clubs who say they won’t vote for it. 

“There’s no incentive for the teams set to contest a four-team rather than an eight-team play-off and the teams at the bottom are not interested either.

“Tranmere’s proposal includes a 25-team League One next season which means solidarity money would be reduced as it would split 25 ways instead of 24 and clubs reckon they can’t afford that. Clubs are also claiming they would have to pay £90K to help fund the rest of the season and they don’t want to do that. 

“It’s a big shame, but at least we had a go. Indeed the passion and commitment our chairman has shown throughout this time has been second to none. I feel for him, his co-owners, the manager and players, and the fans. This whole process has been allowed to drag on too long.

“I’m not sure all the clubs have studied the detail in the proposal. They will all still act in their own interests.”

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