Peterborough United are made to wait on their fate again as League One clubs not expected to vote again until the end of the week

Peterborough United are not expected to learn their 2019-20 season fate until the end of the week.

By Alan Swann
Monday, 18th May 2020, 10:43 am
Barry Fry (right).
Barry Fry (right).

Posh director of football Barry Fry told the Peterborough Telegraph today (May 18) that League One clubs would not be askled to vote on any further scenarios until after an EFL board meeting scheduled for Wednesday (May 20).

League One clubs failed to make any decisions at a meeting on Friday. Fry says there is no chance the season will be delared null and void, but how to decide promotion and relegation issues is very much up for debate.

Posh need a weighted points per game average (home and away form taken into account) to finish in the play-off places. A straight points per game formula, as League Two clubs have already decided to adopt, would drop Posh out of the play-off places.

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Barry Fry believes it would be unfair if Rotherham (white) are promoted ahead of Posh under a points-per-game scenario.

“The League One season will not be declared null and void,” Fry stated. “Promotions will be granted. There will be play-offs, but as yet the League One clubs can’t agree on the way forward.

“The EFL board are meeting on Wednesday. They will then present the possible scenarios to the clubs and we will then vote on them later in the week, probably on Friday.

“My fear is the EFL deciding League One should follow what League Two have done, but that would be wrong as Rick Parry (EFL chairman) has said the Championship, League One and League Two clubs can make their own decisions.

“I know the EFL want to promote Coventry and Rotherham (the current top two) and then have play-offs. I can just about see why Coventry would be allowed to go up, but promoting Rotherham would be wrong.

“They are only two points ahead of two teams and three points ahead of four other teams. Ourselves and Oxford have a better goal difference. Rotherham might go on and finish second if we played the season out, but equally they might finish eighth.

“Different play-off proposals have been made as well. Our chairman has suggested eight teams could be involved, but we will just have to wait and see what happens.

“Obviously a weighted points per game suits us if we can’t play on. It’s also a lot fairer than a straight points-per-game formula.

“One thing for sure is we won’t vote to try and scrap relegation like League Two clubs have. There is no sporting merit in that at all.”