Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has heavily criticised the EFL’s proposed plan to base this season’s final Championship standings on a points-per-game average if the campaign cannot be concluded.
It was confirmed last week that league tables will be decided by an unweighted PPG system if 2019/20 is curtailed, although it is hoped the division and Premier League will be back to play the final nine games behind closed doors.
Bowyer told talkSPORT that the alternative was unthinkable.
Charlton only slipped into the bottom three in the final stages of the last match they played before the shutdown, a 1-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough.
They had started the season well following promotion from League One but have been falling down the table since the autumn.
“I do honestly believe that we will finish the season,” said Bowyer. “They have got us back training, but if they do this PPG… there are 27 points to play for and it is a lot of points.
“This time last year Aston Villa were not even in the play-off positions and now look where they are – they are in the Premier League, so there is definitely a lot to play for.
“It would be wrong, this points-per-game, because we have played 37 games this season, and for 36 of them we haven’t been in the bottom three. We have been in the bottom three for six days, so we should be given the chance to get out.
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“At the end of the day, we signed a deal to say you go down after 46 games if you are in the bottom three and that isn’t the case, so give us a chance. If not, you cannot be relegating teams in the bottom three with nine games to go, no matter what the circumstances are, that would not be the right thing to do, I think.
“That is just my opinion and I am not saying it just because we are in the bottom three – I have said it all the way along.
“Six days before, Middlesbrough would have been in the bottom three and I would have still been saying the same.
“We just want to get back, concentrate on getting the lads ready and I am sure we will get out of this, because we have finally got all of our players back [from injury].
“When we had a full squad we were a good side. We started really well, the season, when we had a full squad and we have got that now, so I have no doubt that we will get out of this.”