Ally McCoist could not contain his shock at a Premier League proposal to remove relegation from the 2019/20 season when it eventually resumes.
Plans are in place to bring the campaign back as part of ‘Project Restart‘, though the idea of playing games at neutral venues has been met with some resistance from the clubs at the lower end of the table.
The issue of the ‘integrity’ of the competition has been raised as it is considered unfair for some clubs to have played certain games in front of their own fans while others will play the same games behind closed doors.
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As a result, the proposal to axe relegation from the 2019/20 season has been put forward – and the idea is gaining support.
According to The Sun, an increasing number of top-flight clubs are backing the proposal and they will be willing to complete the season at neutral venues as long as the threat of relegation is removed.
How this proposal, if it is implemented, will work in regards to the EFL remains to be seen, with three clubs promoted from the Championship to the Premier League every season; two automatically and the third via the play-offs.
Premier League rule B.2 confirms the league will ‘not exceed 20 in number’, though a separate contract between the top-flight and EFL makes it clear promotion and relegation must take place every season.
Clearly there is much concerning this proposal that will have to be ironed out if it is to be introduced, but talkSPORT host McCoist thinks the idea should NOT be brought in..
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Discussing the topic on Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast, former Rangers ace McCoist said: “The league continuing without the threat of relegation? Rubbish!
“What is that all about? That has GOT to be nonsense, surely!”
At the time of the top-flight being suspended due to coronavirus, Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth made up the bottom three.
Watford and West Ham were only out of the relegation places on goal difference, and 19th place Villa have a game in hand which, if they won, would move them out the bottom three.
How the Premier League table looked when football was suspended