DISCUSSIONS between the English Football League and League One clubs have been extended into next week after no firm decision was taken on how to complete the current campaign.
However, League Two clubs did vote to end the 2020/21 season with immediate effect, setting in motion a points-per-game, PPG, methodology to decide how the table will be finalised. It is hoped that the play-offs in League Two can still be played.
The meeting between the EFL and League One representatives came just hours after six clubs, including Portsmouth, issued a joint statement to reiterate their determination to complete the season.
Pompey, along with Peterborough United, Oxford United, Fleetwood Town, Ipswich Town and Sunderland, notified the EFL of their opposition to the current campaign being abandoned due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The indications are that if a PPG model was adopted in League One then Coventry City and Rotherham United would claim the automatic promotion places; the model takes into account average points already accumulated home and away, and uses it as a prediction for the points claimed for the remaining fixtures. Most PPG systems have Oxford United claiming third place with Portsmouth left sweating over whether they would claim a play-off place, or lose out if the league ended without another ball being kicked.
Under the PPG method, Swindon Town, Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle would claim the top three automatic promotion places in League Two.