EFL board meets today to hear feedback from clubs over latest proposals
The EFL has put forward a plan for settling the table if the season cannot be completed, but clubs in League One are splitby James Hunter
The EFL board is meeting today for more discussions concerning the fate of the League One season.
Last week's meeting resulted in proposals in which the EFL made it clear that its favoured option was for clubs in all divisions to complete their remaining fixtures, but if a majority of clubs in any division were in favour of ending the campaign early the league table would be settled according to unweighted points-per-game.
Promotion, relegation, and the standard four-team play-off for a third promotion place would be retained.
The plan has split League One clubs, with Sunderland part of a group determined to play on to ensure that the final table is determined according to sporting integrity, while there is another group that is happy to let the season go unfinishing either because using the proposed points-per-game system suits their cause at either the top or the bottom of the table, or because they have little to fight for and see completing their fixtures as an unecessary expense.
Today's meeting will consider feedback from the clubs on those proposals, but the battle lines are drawn and there appears to be little hope of a consensus forming - unlike in the Championship, where most clubs want to continue, and in League Two, where in an indicative vote clubs unanimously opted to end the season early.
There is then expected to be an extraordinary general meeting, probably next week, at which a final vote will be held by all 71 EFL member clubs over whether to make the rule changes.
And then there will be divisional votes held to determine whether the Championship, League One, and League Two, continue playing, or are cut short and settled under the new formula.
If the League One season is settled based on points-per-game, top two Coventry City and Rotherham United would be promoted automatically, with Wycome jumping from eighth place to finish third and earning a play-off place alongside Oxford United, Portsmouth, and Fleetwood.
Wycombe's leap would result in Sunderland dropping one place to finish eighth, while Peterborough would be elbowed out of the play-off spots - with Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony already threatening legal action if that is the outcome.
The EFL's proposals have also caused anger at the bottom of the table, where third-bottom Tranmere Rovers would be consigned to relegation despite the fact that they are only three points behind AFC Wimbledon, with a game in hand of The Dons.
Tranmere have put forward their own proposal which would, if the season is not completed, either do away with relegation entirely, or would involve factoring in a margin of error to any points-per-game calculations.
But ultimately the choice is likely to be between playing on or the EFL proposal, although the latter could be modified slightly to reflect the feedback from clubs.