It is finally D-Day for the EFL tomorrow as the clubs gather to decide the outcome of the 2019-20 season for the Championship and Leagues One and Two. The first hurdle is to settle on a system of sorting out the table if the clubs in any division do vote to curtail the current campaign.
The board have proposed a straightforward campaign, but Tranmere are fighting fiercely to include a margin for error which would save them from relegation to League Two.
In all there will be nine votes – six in the morning and three in the afternoon.
== MORNING: WHAT TO DO IF SEASON IS CURTAILED ==
At 10.30am, clubs have the chance to talk about their various proposals, but not all clubs are expected to attend.
Votes from the 71 clubs can be cast live at the Microsoft Teams meeting, or in advance by email. A simple majority is required, ie 36 votes.
VOTE 1: BARNSLEY PROPOSAL
No club shall be relegated from a division which does not complete its fixtures.
VOTE 2: TRANMERE PROPOSAL
The table is compiled on a simple PPG basis, but with a statistically calculated margin for error (+6.3 or – 5.45%), giving a club’s likely highest and lowest points tally.
If a team’s lowest score is enough to get them promoted against other teams’ highest scores – they go up.
Teams who, after the margin of error is applied, could finish in a play-off place are invited to take part in a bigger play-off competition to decide remaining promotion places.
No relegation, or only relegation for teams whose highest points tally is still not enough for safety compared to other teams’ lowest totals.
EFL BOARD PROPOSAL
Final placings should be decided by unweighted points per game. Promotion and relegation should be retained. Play-offs will take place between four teams as usual.
VOTE 3: LINCOLN CITY AMENDMENT
Points deductions for the season to be reduced pro rata before calculating final points per game average.
VOTE 4: IPSWICH AMENDMENT
Clubs to be consulted about alternative play-off arrangements.
VOTE 5: STEVENAGE AMENDMENT
No relegation from League Two if fixtures are not completed.
FINAL MORNING VOTE: On EFL board proposal (including amendments if necessary)
== AFTERNOON: STOP OR CARRY ON ==
Three separate meetings will be held for each of the divisions. A majority of clubs (13 in Championship and League Two; 12 in League One) must vote to curtail normal part of season, or it carries on.
If curtailed, season will end with play-offs along lines agreed in the morning.
Indicative earlier vote suggested Championship will unanimously resume (date set for June 20); League Two will end and League One was in the balance, although now more likely to end.
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