‘Realistic’ – What EFL chief thinks of plan for Stoke City and rivals to finish season



EFL chairman Rick Parry believes plans to complete the current football season are “realistic” and “essential”.

The Football League held an emergency board meeting in Preston today (Wednesday) to discuss the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Stoke City‘s Championship campaign is currently suspended due to the pandemic – until at least April 3.

There are serious doubts as to whether football will be able to resume from this date.

However, Parry is optimistic that the season can be finished at some stage without being declared null and void.

“We discussed all the aspects of the virus and potential outcomes and permutations – and reaffirmed our commitment to finishing the season on the pitch,” he told Sky Sports.

“We want it to be competitive, we want promotion and relegation places decided properly.

“We believe it’s realistic – in fact we believe it’s essential, because we want to finish competitively, we want the right decisions to be taken on the pitch.

“Frankly, we believe it’s more important to finish this season than to talk about next season.”

Stoke are 17th in the Championship table, three points clear of the relegation zone, with nine fixtures remaining.





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