On Wednesday it was being reported that the EFL were confident that the Championship season would start before the Premier League and a date of June 6th was likely when it would resume.
However, further reports contradicted this claim stating teams cannot resume training until May 25th at the earliest. Many clubs think players need at least 3 weeks of full training to be fully fit for the resumption of the season meaning the season may not resume until mid June or even July.
The EFL released a statement on Wednesday providing an update:
“However, until all outstanding matters are concluded, including finalising a comprehensive testing programme on matchdays and non-matchdays, the EFL Board has informed its Clubs that a return to training should not take place until 25 May at the earliest.”
There are four Championship clubs who strongly oppose the restarting of the season, Cardiff City, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Hull City. There are clearly fractions within the league regarding how to conclude the 2019/2020 season. Each side has 9 games remaining with nothing decided at either end of the league.
There is a growing feeling that the Championship season may well be abandoned with promotion being granted to Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion who currently occupy the top 2 places in the league. The 4 sides sitting in the play off places could take part in play offs to decide the third team to be promoted to the Premier League. However, the Premier League are not keen on this scenario should the Championship season be cancelled.
With all the conflicting reports and clubs split over whether the season should continue, it is hard to see the Championship season starting anytime soon.