Lots of Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media to reports by The Times, claiming the club are one of six Championship outfits ready to launch a legal battle should Premier League sides try to declare this season null and void.
Each of the second-tier’s current top-six – West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest, Preston North End and we – are said to have held a secret meeting to discuss the situation we find ourselves in, after the EFL announced that the season had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Some of the statements coming out of top-flight have infuriated those with an eye on securing a seat at the table for next season, such as from West Ham United’s Vice-Chairman Karren Brady who called for the season to be declared null and void. She later backtracked on her comments and suggested the Premier League and EFL are doing all they can to ensure the season is finished.
West Ham are currently on the cusp of the relegation zone after 29 games, with goal difference the only thing separating David Moyes’ 16th-placed Hammers from Eddie Howe’s 18th-placed AFC Bournemouth.
Championship sides are loath to see the 2019/20 term declared void, and are adamant that each of the three promotion slots must be on offer – not just for the top-two – rather than expanding the 2020/21 season to a 22-side Premier League.
Declaring the season null and void could result in no promotions – or relegations – taking place this term, and one Championship side is claimed to have urged the others to “park our tanks on the Premier League’s lawn” to ensure the campaign is played out to a close.
How should the EFL deal with coronavirus?
Continue the season when it is safe
Declare the season on current table
Declare the season null and void
A follow-up meeting between the six clubs was also planned to take place on Tuesday, where the remaining 18 Championship sides would be offered the chance to offer their views via a conference call.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to The Times’ report, claiming the second-tier’s current top-six are ready for a legal fight to ensure the season is not declared null and void…
this is a global crisis normal stuff no longer applies
gonba be 12 months before normal restarts
— john batty (@bregans) March 16, 2020
Hope it’s better than his ideal of following the Wolves model to get promoted
— David 282k💙💛 (@davidkerr2821) March 16, 2020
— Jan Newell (@JanNewell6) March 17, 2020
If its null and void this could be financial melt down. Why make the top two suffer. What does it matter to others?
— GARFORTH WHITES WAKEY 1970💛💙💛 (@mmwgreen) March 17, 2020
Not a surprise that the most calls for a null and void scenario is from the teams in relegation battle in the premier league
— Jacko Jackson (@JackoJackson90) March 16, 2020
Declare the season finished and the state now is just the end state of the season.
Leeds and Westbrom go up.
Why should the season be voided?
— Allassar (@Allassar2) March 17, 2020
An interesting development….wouldn’t b right to declare the season null and void just because it suits certain sides in Premiership.Just put Euros back until next year and should allow them enough time to get all leagues completed.
— Samuel Arthur (@loopy2020) March 16, 2020
Haha, West Ham and Aston Villa want the season to be voided.
Well what a surprise 😅
Get the season finished whenever.
— Glyn Gillard (@GillardGlyn) March 16, 2020
Everyone is motivated by self-interest.
You certainly can’t declare a season that is 80% complete (as the Championship is) null and void.
Which is why, however long it takes, this season MUST play to a finish.
— Garry Pierrepont (@Weysider) March 16, 2020
In other Leeds United news, the club have reportedly informed a European side of our intent to purchase one of their young talents.