Chesterfield's National League relegation rivals submit new plan to FA for how football season should be settled

A National League club has submitted a new plan to the Football Association for how to settle the remainder of the season.

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 4:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 4:47 pm

The proposal by Chesterfield’s relegation rivals, Maidenhead United, who are currently third bottom of the National League, suggests that all football should be cancelled with title winners and promotions decided by average points per game and that no teams are relegated.

If the plan was to be implemented it would mean that Liverpool would be crowned Premier League champions but the current bottom three of Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth would not be relegated.

However, the top three teams in the Championship - based on average points per game - would be promoted to the top flight - which would mean there would be 23 teams in the Premier League next season.

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The same would apply for League One but four teams would be promoted from League Two following Bury’s liquidation earlier this season creating an additional vacancy.

This in turn would mean the top four teams in the National League would be promoted.

If the National League is decided on average points per game then Chesterfield would slip one place to 20th and be overtaken by Wrexham.

In an open letter to the FA, Maidenhead chairman Peter Griffin and CEO Jon Adams, said: “This solution means that, when things return to normal, football will be ready to return.

Chesterfield would finish fifth bottom of the National League if the season was to be decided by average points per game.

“There will always be solutions available in future seasons to reduce the number of teams in leagues if this is required.

“For example, it could be achieved by relegating one additional Premier League team per season until desired number is reached, with a knock-on effect all the way down the football pyramid. Alternatively, the numbers could simply stay higher.

“We believe our proposal offers a simple and realistic approach, which penalises no team but rewards the teams who have performed well during this season.

“More importantly than anything, it takes away some of the ridiculous rhetoric about the need to finish the current football season and so we all focus on what is most important in this time of crisis.”