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Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Leeds defender Stephen Warnock has today spoken out about the idea that the current football season could be declared null & void, saying that there’s no rush to conclude the current season, and that “if I was a Leeds player, I’d be furious” at the idea that they wouldn’t be able to finish their current attempt at promotion back to the Premier League.
Following this week’s announcement that the FA was commencing the process and discussions with clubs about ‘Project Restart’, Warnock joined yesterday’s episode of Football Ramble Daily, with hosts Andy Brassell and Jules Breach, to discuss his thoughts on array of potential options being looked at, how he feels relegation and promotion are crucial to the integrity of the leagues, and finishing the campaigns in the most honest way possible.
Initially, Warnock put forward the argument that relegation should not be taken off the table for clubs this season, as it could also deny clubs, like his former Leeds, the opportunity for promotion to the Premier League. Asked What he made of the argument of some Premier League clubs, certainly at the bottom, that it seems to be that relegation is something they shouldn’t have to put up with in this situation, Warnock said…
”I don’t actually agree with that with the no relegation, if I’m being honest, cause if you look at the teams in the Championship, and you’re thinking of Leeds, West Brom, Fulham, the teams in and around the play-off places. The financial gains for them to go up are incredible. These teams have worked so tirelessly, so hard throughout not just this season now, it’s work that’s been going on for a number of seasons, especially when you’re looking at Leeds. You think about how they’ve gone about their business over the last couple of years trying to get out of the Championship.”
“And for someone to turn round and just say, ‘thanks for all your efforts this year, but it’s not been quite good enough… we’ll give you compensation of x amount of money, but you’ve got to try and get out of that league again.’ It’s not as simple as that, it doesn’t just come down to the size of the club and the manager who’s in charge. The Championship is a ferocious league and it’s very difficult to get out of, as Leeds have found out since they’ve been in there. So when you’re talking about the integrity and the honesty of the leagues, we need relegation and we need promotion as well.”
“We have to finish this season. If we null and void it, it will never have been the correct way, it will always be ‘that was the wrong decision, we should have waited, why did we have to do things so quick’.”
“I think that’s what it all comes down to again – why are we in such a rush to get this sorted? If I was a Leeds player, I’d be furious, because they, as well as West Brom and Fulham, have all worked so, so hard and you want to pick a trophy up at the end of it or you want to be promoted. You want that final day feeling of getting promoted, that sensation. That could be taken away from them. There’s so many things that could potentially happen in football that we just don’t know.”
Football Ramble Daily’s Andy Brassell & Jules Breach chat with former Premier League left-back Warnock about his thoughts on ‘Project Restart’ and how he thinks there is no need to rush bringing football back. ‘Football Ramble Daily: Jules & Andy’ is OUT NOW. Listen to the episode & further Football Ramble Daily podcast content at FOOTBALLRAMBLEDAILY.COM