Championship set to be back before Prem as EFL close in on Jun 6 restart https://t.co/ZAZ2JpMS8y— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) May 13, 2020
The report says that “sources” have told ESPN that the EFL is confident that football will return in the Championship on the first weekend in June.
The reports in the media about the talks have always made it clear that the 24 Championship teams wanted to finish the season and it would appear that it could actually happen - although there are still several major obstacles to overcome.
The report says that: “Championship clubs are now merely waiting to be advised of the safety protocols involving testing, training and the staging of fixtures before launching full-scale preparations to return to action next month.”
Obviously this would be great news for all football fans, the caveat is that it must be done safely, as having some football to watch would be really helpful during this coronavirus pandemic.
REPORTS: Leagues across Europe are inching closer to resuming— Boar Sport (at ) (@BoarSport) May 13, 2020
1️⃣ The Austrian Bundesliga is set to resume on May 29
2️⃣ The Championship could return as early as June 6
3️⃣ Serie A has announced its intent to return on June 13 pic.twitter.com/5uJifdYYe9
It would be particularly good for Leeds, if the season is completed then Marcelo Bielsa’s men cannot be denied promotion on a technicality or by a legal dispute. If the football comes back and Leeds don’t get promoted - at least it would be due to the action on the pitch.
There are 108 league fixtures still to be played, with every team having nine games remaining. If the Championship can restart by the date mentioned there should be time to complete the season. There are also expected to be play-offs for the third promotion spot, which will probably drop to one-off semi-finals and a final, all at neutral venues.
It is still expected that League One and League Two will not be completed, and the only further games in those leagues will be the promotion play-offs.
The Bundesliga in Germany is due to resume this weekend, which could lead the way for others to do the same.