EFL board to hold vital meeting today as Championship clubs agree on whether to continue or cancel



Stoke City and the rest of the Championship held a meeting via conference call yesterday – and came to the unanimous decision that the season must be finished.

The EFL, like the Premier League, is currently suspended until the first weekend of April to try to keep a handle on the spread of coronavirus.

But it is accepted that will change as the crisis itself develops day by day.

Four options have been put forward by pundits, from trying to find a way to reschedule fixtures or accepting current positions to a play-off finale or nulling and voiding 2019/20.

It is the first which has got the backing of all 24 clubs in the division ahead of today’s EFL board meeting. Uefa has already emphasised the need to try to complete the campaign, if safe, before June 30, the administrative end of the term.

The EFL board will then have a chance to lobby the Premier League, which meets tomorrow.

Uefa has already agreed to postpone Euro 2020 for 12 months, giving domestic leagues extra space in the calendar to manoeuvre.

Stoke players given individual training programmes

Stoke players won’t be returning to Clayton Wood until further notice and the club has been handing players individual training programmes.

Can they be trusted?

Well, on St Patrick’s Day James McClean put himself through a rigorous routine.

This week’s column from Martin Smith

The Oatcake fanzine editor writes: “About the only decision which could be safely made would be to give  Liverpool  the title.

“They’re so far ahead that they could conceivably still win the title even if they were the only Premier League team not to play another fixture. It’d only be fair though that an asterisk be placed against their ‘achievement’ in the record books, which would annoy them tremendously and amuse everybody else to an equal degree!”

He added: “All I can do is to wish the very best to everybody in their attempt to navigate their way through the dark days ahead and to hope that our official club motto and the most famous line from our club song are the values we keep by our side on the journey upon which we’re about to embark.

“Vis unita fortior and, of course, we’ll be with you!”

You can read the full column here.

‘By hook or by crook’ – Revealed! Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice to Stoke City

Tony Pulis, we are sure, would have come to the same conclusion.

Yet he has spoken of the importance of being given advice from Sir Alex Ferguson after guiding  Stoke City  to promotion to the Premier League in 2008.

Stoke had been out of the top flight for 23 years and bookies and pundits were installing the club as favourites for immediate relegation.

But Pulis has looking back fondly on what happened next for Premier League World for Sky Sports.

It’s a lovely trip down memory lane at a time when that’s most welcome.





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