EFL meeting will define season

13 May 2020 07:41 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Wednesday 13th May, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

EFL meeting will define season

The EFL will hold crucial talks today with all 72 clubs via a video conference call which will define the 2019/20 season, and may have huge repercussions for the future.

Clubs outside the top flight have been hit hard by the economic impact of the coronavirus. The bottom team in the Premiership (Norwich) earn 97m more then Leeds, top of the Championship - where is the fairness in that? The financial predicament of clubs in the lower leagues are even worse than the Championship. Most League one and two clubs live hand to mouth and rely heavily on supporters coming through the turnstiles to balance the books. The last two months have seen many clubs stare bankruptcy in the face as they wait for today's meeting to put them out of their misery.

It is expected time will be called on Leagues One and Two with the remainder of the matches mathematically concluded via a points per game tally. It's a shame this decision was not made sooner.

The EFL will introduce new measures today in a bid to try and persuade Championship clubs to fulfil their remaining 9 games.

Out of contract players will certainly be high on the agenda as their contracts expire at the end of June. This would leave teams desperately short of players as in recent years clubs outside the Premier League have relied on talent being passed down, improving the quality of the lower league team, but providing valuable experience for the stars of the future. It has been revealed today that both Ben White and Jack Harrison are set to sign short term extensions.

The EFL have supported clubs that want to play their remaining games at their home grounds but this would require approval from the government, who have made it clear that the risk of large social gatherings must be avoided.

Former player Noel Whelan believes that playing matches at neutral venues will make no difference!

That is the way that it is but fans have cars, they can travel to neutral venues.

Leeds fans will celebrate, just like Liverpool fans will celebrate if they win the title. Whether it be in the street, in the park, outside the stadium – it makes no difference.

You cannot control people’s decisions and what they do. All you can control is the football side of it.

If people gather outside the ground the police would have to do the job that they would normally do in and around the community which is disperse them and get them away.

You will not get thousands and thousands there. It will be a very small minority.

The play off's are likely to be one leg at a neutral ground, with the final being played at Wembley.

To help fitness levels which may have dropped over the last eight weeks, the International Football Association Board have temporarily increased the number of substitutes allowed in a game to five.

There will be specific points in a match where they can be used to save time.

Approval is currently being sought from the Government regarding a return to training. Once this has been obtained, and all being well, a start date can be set.

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1964white wrote on 14 May 2020 07:21 am

EFL: Championship clubs aim for 25 May training date after conference meeting

Championship clubs hope to gain government clearance for a 25 May return to regular training, as part of plans to resume the 2019-20 season.

It is understood a target restart of 6 June has been discussed but clubs still anticipate a more likely 13 June date, in line with the Premier League.

All 24 clubs held a conference call on Wednesday, after an EFL board meeting.

League One and Two clubs will speak on Friday, when the prospect of ending the season seems certain to move closer.

The plan for the Championship is still to complete the season, thereby avoiding avoid a potential legal minefield around promotion and relegation if the campaign ends early but the Premier League plays to a conclusion.

BBC Radio Manchester has acquired a copy of the EFL's 'return to training' draft protocols, which are based around current government guidelines for Covid-19 protocols.

These requirements are very similar to those of the Premier League, around disinfecting football equipment, keeping communal areas of the training ground such as gyms and changing rooms closed, and no tackling or contact sessions.

Clubs must appoint a specialist Covid-19 officer, and draw up an operational policy which players and staff must sign
Twice weekly coronavirus antibody tests and temperature screening protocols for players and staff - a positive test means the training group self isolates for 14 days
Players must arrive already changed and provide their own drinks
No 'manual therapy treatment' such as massages. Only essential medical treatment allowed with minimum staffing and provision of personal protection equipment
All tactical sessions and session planning that does not require physical presence should be done by tele/video conference
Training will be phased, small groups through to full squad sessions. Each training group allocated one pitch, and maximum of five per group, plus three staff. Seventy-five minutes per training session. Thirty minutes' gap between each training group session
No tackling, opposed activities of any kind or congested training are allowed
Clubs can provide takeaway food options for players
An EFL statement, released following Wednesday's board meeting, pointed to a need to acknowledge the financial shortfall that would accompany the game restarting behind closed doors.

While the resumption of competition would satisfy commitments to broadcasters, the costs related to meeting hygiene and testing protocols, as well as a lack of regular matchday income, have to be taken into account.

"The EFL will continue to undertake consultation with our members before the next steps are determined," the statement read.

"Current attention is clearly on the immediate next steps, but the long-term impact on the league and its clubs remains as stark as previously outlined, and solutions are still required to fill the financial hole left by the crisis. The consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic will not be rectified simply by a return to play behind closed doors.

"In addition, the EFL is mindful of the pressing need for clarity in a number of areas, including the practicalities and timeframes of clubs being able to facilitate a return to training. To address this, clubs have today been issued with the latest draft of the EFL's 'return to training protocols', so that they can prepare appropriately.

"However, until all outstanding matters are concluded, including finalising a comprehensive testing programme on matchdays and non-matchdays, the EFL board has informed its clubs that a return to training should not take place until 25 May at the earliest."

HarryofOz wrote on 13 May 2020 08:50 pm

I'm not sure where those sites got the return date info from.

The latest official statement from the EFL is that clubs should wait until at least 25/5 before even returning to training.

EFL statement

Ellandback1 wrote on 13 May 2020 06:40 pm

Chilli D wrote: Wed May 13, 2020 5:27 pm I can't see any news about this?
Where did you see this EB?
Its just breaking now...


https://the72.co.uk/165445/championship ... er-league/

SG90 wrote on 13 May 2020 06:00 pm

Chilli D wrote: Wed May 13, 2020 5:27 pm I can't see any news about this?
Where did you see this EB?
https://www.espn.co.uk/football/english ... ue-sources

SG90 wrote on 13 May 2020 05:58 pm

I can't see it restarting anytime soon. One player will just need to test positive and it will be cancelled again.