Former Stoke City defender has broken ranks from the many who want to see the season resumed come what may – and that would be good news for his old club.
For Higginbotham says that if football isn’t up and running again by the end of April, the 2019/20 season should finish as it now stands.
And that would mean Stoke’s season-long fight against relegation ending in survival as they currently lie 17th, five places and three points above the drop zone.
It would also mean Liverpool lifting the Premier League title, no relegation from the Premier League and West Brom and Leeds being promoted to a swelled top flight of 22 clubs.
“What we need is to get a plan in place so that every football club can get through this,” says Higginbotham in his newspaper column.
“If football cannot resume on April 30, which looks highly unlikely, we need to draw a line under this season.
“Lower league clubs — some of who have already had to lay off staff — rely so heavily on match- day revenues and everything has to be done to help them.
“We need to cancel relegation in every league, promoting those in automatic positions. Next season will be over-inflated but we can even it out over time.
“In the Prem, those bottom three teams will earn huge sums from another season in the top flight and should therefore be made to give up a set percentage of it.
“We can then start to drip feed that money down.”