Port Vale’s Tom Pope – No fair way to end season but EFL have a point



There’s no completely fair way of ending the season but the EFL are right to say there should still be relegation.

You can’t blame League Two clubs for voting to call off the remaining games – the costs were just too much and there was no way the majority of clubs were ever going to vote for that when they had nothing to play for.

I don’t envy the League Two owners who had to try to make a decision because, whatever they did, some people wouldn’t be happy. 

But if we are going to promote teams then you have to relegate teams as well.

It looks like that will happen now the EFL board stepped in this week.

I think League Two clubs were probably trying to keep as many clubs happy as possible by saying no one would go down. 

We’ll see who drops out, but personally I would take Macclesfield out of the equation anyway.

They have been deducted points a couple of times this season after not paying their players’ wages on time. I know that’s not the fault of Macclesfield fans or staff, but what argument could their owner have for staying in the Football League when there are probably half a dozen teams in the National League that could bite your hand off for the chance to play in League Two? 

At least League Two clubs managed to agree on things at their meeting last week, unlike League One.

But to be fair to the League One clubs, that shows the difference between that level and the Championship.

Of course teams at the top of League Two want to be promoted, but I don’t think the difference between Leagues One and Two is all that great compared with the difference between League One and the Championship.

The jump in TV money, away support, sponsorship and everything else is going to be so much bigger for teams going from League One to the Championship so no wonder the teams in with a chance in League One are so desperate to keep going.

Back in League Two, we are disappointed to have just missed out on the play-off places after a really good season. But I’m not convinced the play-offs will, or should, go ahead anyway.

Players have still got to get back to training properly and we just don’t know when those games could be played.  Then Colchester, who have qualified for the play-offs, have already said they are releasing four of their first team players because of the financial problems that will be hurting all the teams at this level.

I think I’d just promote the top three – Swindon, Crewe and Plymouth – and leave it at that. And yes, I know you would then have complaints from the teams who could have caught those clubs. Like I said, there’s no completely fair way of ending the season! 





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