Pompey head gang of six intent on seeing the season completed

PORTSMOUTH are one of six League One clubs who have reiterated their determination to complete the season.

Pompey, along with Peterborough United, Oxford United, Fleetwood Town, Ipswich Town and Sunderland, have acted jointly following reports that the current campaign will be abandoned due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Five of the six, including Kenny Jackett’s side, would miss out on promotion if a points-per-game, PPG, model was adopted in the event of the season ending without another ball being kicked.

The PPG system currently being touted would see Coventry City, Rotherham United and Oxford United promoted; the model takes into account average points already accumulated at home and away and uses it as a prediction of the points that will be claimed for the remaining fixtures.

Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin said: “We owe it to supporters, staff, sponsors and football in general to do everything that we can to get this season completed.

“There are difficulties in achieving this and we fully understand that, but there is no need to currently make any knee jerk decisions in regards of voiding the season until we have all the information required to make an informed decision on the subject – ranging from safety, which remains our primary concern, through to the financial implications, both for this season and beyond, of taking such a drastic and momentous course of action.

“Even if the season goes on longer than we would all like, for the integrity of the sport we feel we should give it every opportunity to reach a natural – and, of course, safe – conclusion.”

If any moves are made for a predicted finish to determine promotion and relegation, legal action seems sure to follow from the clubs that miss out, especially at the top with only three points separating second place from eighth.

Peterborough chairman, Darragh MacAnthony, has already threatened the EFL with action, and he issued a statement on behalf of the six clubs.

Posting on Twitter, he wrote: “We have no desire for voiding the season, points-per-game scenarios, or letting a computer decide our footballing fate.

“For our fans/staff and for the integrity of our sport, we are all looking forward to completing our pending fixtures/season under guidance from the EFL at a time it is deemed safe to do so.”

League One clubs are expected to meet with the English Football League board on Friday to discuss options for completing the season.