Last night I put forward my proposals for a just and equitable method of ending the season in the event that Clubs are unable (or vote not) to play on.
Many of you have been asking what the result of this would be on the tables and what the promotion, play off and relegation consequences would be if the season was ended on this basis now. We are therefore publishing the data and the resultant tables.
The tables are designed to be illustrative and there are areas for debate amongst clubs, as part of a proper consultation - for example whether a team should only get automatic promotion if they cannot be caught by the team behind them even when a margin for error is applied. As such they should be seen as a framework for debate rather than a “take it or leave it” proposal.
The issues are complex and the need to get the right answer is more important than the need to get a quick answer. As such it would be possible to take a decision now on whether to end the season for everyone not involved in the playoffs and, if so, to proceed with the playoffs on our proposed basis using the margin for error, but to delay a decision on relegations until the outcome of the Premier League is known. This would remove any concerns regarding a “no relegation” proposal opening the door to the Premier League doing the same.