Gary Neville makes Leeds United and West Brom prediction after Premier League development
Gary Neville reckons the English Football League will follow their Premier League counterpart’s suit and resume the Championship season next month. On Thursday afternoon, the Premier League announced it’ll resume service on June 17.
Games, of course, will be held behind closed doors but will be broadcast on Sky Sport, BT Sport and the BBC.
Neville, like many others, was thrilled with the Premier League’s decision not to cancel the season.
And he reckons the EFL will soon follow the Premier League’s lead by restarting the Championship.
“I think the Championship will go ahead,” Neville told The Football Show on Sky Sports.
I think the Championship will go ahead
“I do think it is sad to be fair that the funding can’t be put into place for League One and Two.
“We are going to see clubs like Stevenage and Tranmere probably lose their spaces in their leagues without even having the opportunity to play for it down to economic reasons because the funding isn’t there to support football at that level.
“But I do think the Championship will play and I do think that will be something that happens pretty quickly after the Premier League.
“We all know how important it is to the likes of Leeds and West Brom, who are at the top of that league.
“Everything they have invested, not just financially but emotionally to get into the Premier League, how important it is for them as clubs.
“There is a lot to look forward to in terms of football not just at the Premier League level but at the Championship level, and the play-offs likely at League One and Two as well.”
Leeds United currently top the table with 71 points to their name after 37 matches.
West Brom are a solitary point behind Marcelo Bielsa’s side, with Fulham in third place with 64 points.
Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston occupy the remaining playoff spots.
The EFL released a statement on the potential restart of the Championship season on Friday morning, an excerpt of which read: “At its meeting on Wednesday 27 May 2020, having carefully considered submissions from Clubs, the EFL Board agreed to progress with the proposed framework it outlined on Thursday 21 May 2020 in respect of changes to EFL Regulations in the event Season 2019/20 is curtailed in any EFL Division.
“At the same time as advising on its proposed approach last week, the Board had asked Clubs to give it appropriate consideration and provide any feedback.
“Communications were submitted from Clubs across all divisions and those proposals, some of which have been made available publicly, suggested how the framework in the event the season is ended prematurely could alternatively work.”
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