EFL: Rotherham chairman expects League One and League Two to be cancelled
EFL meeting this week to discuss next steps in handling coronavirus crisis
Last Updated: 11/05/20 1:35pm
Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart expects a decision to be made on the fate of the League One and League Two seasons by Thursday and would be "amazed" if they are not cancelled.
The English Football League is due to meet later this week and it has been widely reported the third and fourth tiers will be called off due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Stewart, whose club currently occupy second position in League One, says it is time for a decision to be made.
"We need a decision, we need to get some direction from the Football League," he said. "They are our masters. We have been waiting patiently and it will be nice to know where we are at this time.
"I have got doubts, it will be very difficult to restart. I don't see League One and League Two starting. I would be amazed. They are talking about mid-June, we are talking about just weeks that we have got to prepare for it.
"I don't think there is the time to get it organised and together. But if instruction comes we have to do what we have to do.
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"The EFL are meeting on Wednesday-Thursday, we are led to believe something will come out of that. I just think that what we need is to get instructions so we know which way we are going.
"We don't know what the decision is, but what I am told is that Thursday at the latest, maybe Wednesday, but certainly Thursday a decision will be made and we will know where we stand on this season and the start of next season."
If the campaign is scrapped the next major decision will be the ruling on promotion and relegation.
Stewart, with acknowledged self-interest, says he thinks the current top three clubs should be promoted, which would see his club, alongside Coventry and Oxford go up.
"I am biased because we are in second place," he said. "By my reckoning we have played 78 per cent of the games, I think the top two should go up, or top three go up but no one gets relegated.
"That would go down well with the clubs at the bottom. Over the number of matches we have played, I think the top two have certainly proved a point."