League One & Two Expected to Vote Against Scrapping Relegation

Jun 8, 2020, 9:04 PM GMT+1
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General Views of Sport Venues after events postponed due to Covid-19 | David Rogers/Getty Images
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Relegation from League Two is unlikely to be scrapped when EFL clubs meet on Tuesday to vote on how best to conclude their seasons.

League Two clubs have already voted to have their campaign ended prematurely as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, while those in League One are yet to reach an agreement due to objections from a selection of playoff-chasing sides.

An EGM is being held on Tuesday to vote on proposals put forward by the EFL board, and separate proposals suggested by Barnsley, Tranmere, Lincoln, Stevenage and Ipswich.

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League One and Two clubs are to vote on the season's conclusion on Tuesday | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

According to BBC Sport, the EFL board proposal - which states that league standings are to be decided on points per game, promotion and relegation will be retained and the playoffs will be played out between four sides - will gain a majority vote.

Proposals put forward by Barnsley and Stevenage - to scrap relegation - and Ipswich - to extend the playoffs - are not likely to attract enough support.

This will mean that Tranmere, Bolton and Southend will be relegated from League One, while Stevenage and Macclesfield will face the drop from League Two.

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Bottom of the table Stevenage have put forward a proposal to scrap relegation | David Rogers/Getty Images

Coventry and Rotherham will be promoted from League One, with Wycombe, Oxford, Portsmouth and Fleetwood making the playoffs.

Peterborough currently occupy the final playoff spot, but would drop out at the expense of Wycombe, who are level on points but have played one game fewer.

Peterborough chairman Darragh MaCanthony has been particularly vocal in his objections towards the points per game proposal.

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MaCanthony objects to deciding the season on PPG | Mark Thompson/Getty Images

In League Two, Swindon, Crewe and Plymouth would all seal promotion, with Swindon claiming the title.

The playoffs would consist of Exeter, Cheltenham, Colchester and Northampton.

Port Vale would miss out on the playoffs by a single point, but Vale chairman Carol Shanahan voted to end the season 'for the greater good' in May.

Numerous sides in the fourth tier could not afford to resume the campaign due to their reliance on matchday income.

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