Town propose play-off amendment ahead of Tuesday’s EGM
Ipswich Town have proposed a regulation amendment to the EFL which involves the current play-off format in League One.
That is according to BBC journalist Ian Dennis, who was speaking with Emma Saunders, Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage on BBC Radio Five Live on Wednesday evening (8 mins onwards)
It has been reported that Town, alongside Lincoln City and Stevenage, have proposed amendments to the current EFL regulations should the season be curtailed.
Although Town have been supportive of continuing the season, it comes as a surprise that the Blues are one of the clubs who have suggested an amendment to the EFL based on our league position.
Dennis has reported that Town have put forward an amendment which involves the current play-off format, with the finer details unknown at this stage.
However, with Paul Lambert’s side sitting tenth in League One, it would take some persuasive words from Marcus Evans to convince his colleagues of agreeing any regulation change which would be seen to benefit Town.
It could be that Evans is acting as an impartial speaker and is suggesting an amendment which has no hidden agenda for the club, we know that Evans gets on very well with the powers at Peterborough United, who would seemingly benefit from any change in the current play-off format.
Dennis believes there are two alternative proposals from what the EFL suggested as their preferred framework. The EFL recently announced that their framework has not changed with the season continued behind closed doors or ended early with a points-per-game model deciding the final places.
The EFL gave all 71 clubs until 14:00 on Tuesday to suggest any alternatives to the regulations or to propose a counter idea of how to conclude the season.
One proposal put forward is from Championship club Barnsley, who have put to the EFL that no clubs are relegated from their respective divisions should the campaigns not be concluded.
The other proposal comes from Tranmere Rovers (click here for a detailed explanation), which takes the final nine games over the last three seasons into account when calculating the points-per-game totals. The final table could see the calculated points for the final nine games range from -5.45 to +6.3% on average.
Clubs will now have five days to decide on how they are going to vote at the EGM with a decision hopefully being announced on Tuesday.