EFL’s email to clubs details radical plans to finish season in just 56 days

The EFL have emailed clubs laying out a radical plan to complete the season in a 56-day period between June and August.

Clubs in the Championship plus Leagues One and Two have been told not to resume training before May 16 at the earliest by EFL chief Rick Parry.

And then all games – including the playoffs – would theoretically be played over eight weeks to decide which clubs are promoted and relegated.

Matches are expected to be played behind closed doors initially with the UK currently still in lockdown amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In an email to clubs, Parry wrote: "We currently estimate that the League will require approximately 56 days to complete the outstanding matches in the season (including Play-Offs) and we are committed to ensuring that clubs are provided an appropriate notice period to ensure you are able to prepare operationally given the scale and impact of the postponement in place.

“The EFL Board is currently working on the basis that end-of-season play-offs will take place across all three divisions as normal with two-legged Semi-Finals and a Final, although no decision has been taken on the likely venue as it will depend on the circumstances at play at the time.

“It is our working assumption at this stage that matches will be played behind closed doors when we eventually return and as part of our contingency planning we are absolutely mindful of the need to try and mitigate the cost of this to Clubs as best we can.

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