Forget PPG model and either play or void season, says Pompey chief

MARK CATLIN has reiterated his hope that the League One season can resume on the pitch, but if it doesn’t then the Pompey chief executive is calling for the current campaign to be voided.

Catlin is against the imposition of a points-per-game, PPG, model to decide the outcome of League One, believing it would be unfair on those clubs who miss out on promotion, or those who may end up relegated.

League One clubs have resumed talks on how to complete the campaign after failing to reach an agreement last week when League Two clubs voted to end their season with immediate effect; promotion issues to be resolved at a later date using a PPG model with League Two clubs wanting no relegation and the play-offs completed.

Speaking to the BBC about playing the remaining fixtures, Catlin said: “We think it’s the right thing to do.

“The Premier League are currently trying to do it, the Championship are starting next week with regards to commencing training, and we think that we’ve got a moral obligation to our supporters, stakeholders, sponsors, a whole array of people.

“We should be making every attempt possible to try and finish the season on the pitch.”

If League One clubs cannot agree to a resumption of fixtures then Catlin wants the season voided rather than going down the League Two route of the PPG model to determine finishing positions.

“If the decision is made that we will not play the season out then I think it’s quite clear that the season should be voided, rather than deciding on what is a mid-season change of rules and a fairly arbitrary decision as regards how we deal with promotion and relegation,” said Catlin.

“In order to find an acceptable compromise, it has to be just: a compromise that is fair.”