Emergency meeting called at Elland Road
16 Mar 2020 08:45 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Monday 16th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road
Postponement of season could not have come at a better time for Whites
With the Corona Virus continuing to spread like wildfire, Soccer fans are coming to the realisation that the remainder of the season will be scraped; but in truth it couldn't have come at a better time for Leeds!
Not only had Leeds regained top spot in the Championship from West Brom but have built up a vital seven point gap between themselves and third place Fulham.
As far as bogey teams are concerned, you'd have to put Cardiff on that list. Leeds have only managed a draw and three defeats in the last four encounters, with the Bluebirds netting twelve times, and the Whites replying with just five.
Lets not forget the six pointer against Fulham that was scheduled for Wednesday. Had these matches gone against us, although still within the top two, our position would not have been so strong!
Most likely outcome if season is scrapped
Reading through media reports and listening to Specialist Lawyers over the weekend, it seems the most likely outcome would be no relegation from the Premiership, but the top two teams from the Championship to join the elite next season, extending the Premiership to twenty two teams. This would certainly be a get out of free jail card for Norwich who are rooted bottom of the Top Tier, six points from safety.
Another option would be to duplicate the result of the reverse fixture for the remaining nine games. Although obviously a home team has an advantage over a visiting team, the same handicap would apply to the other 23 clubs.
The financial Implications on Leeds
Senior Management are meeting this lunch time to discuss the financial implications of no match day income.
With many of the Leeds players being awarded new lucrative contracts, and the hierarchy breaking the bank to bring top loanee talent with Premiership wages to Elland Road this season; Leeds could find themselves in a position where the Chairman may have to dip his hand in his own pocket to pay the staff and players.
In 2018, Leeds were paying out 20m on wages. Leeds Managing Director Angus Kinnear reveled last October that it has doubled since then to just over 40m. This is higher than Sheffield Utd, Norwich, Wolves, Brighton, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Burnley!