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CHAIRMAN EXPECTS PLAY OFFS TO BECOME OFFICIAL ON MONDAY

Kelvin Thomas expecting vote to make matters official

3 June 2020

Chairman Kelvin Thomas is expecting the EFL to officially ratify the play offs on Monday.

The EFL are due to meet on Monday (June 8th) and a vote among clubs will be held, at which point the play offs will become official.

"The EFL meeting is on Monday," he said. "We fully expect the play offs to go ahead and that won't be a surprise. We have committed to costs and committed to protocols all before confirmation has come through but we are as confident as we can be that the play offs will happen. We hope the vote will be ratified on Monday and we can go from there.

"The four play off clubs have all spoken as a group, we have discussed the challenges and our needs and we are discussing the best way forward for all of the clubs involved. Part of the conversation has been around costs but these are unprecedented times and things are constantly changing. The EFL are seeing how they can help. The play offs are important to the EFL and to our broadcast partners and we are all working together to do what is right and to get the play offs played for the benefit of everyone concerned.

"League 2 has shown a lot of solidarity and there is a lot of goodwill and the clubs are working together. The costs involved in the play offs are significant but we are not focusing on that, we are committed to the play offs and trying to win promotion.

"We will do what we can to mitigate the costs involved for the club, we have some fantastic fans and sponsors who I am sure will get behind some of the initiatives we have got coming up in the next few days that will help. There is a real sense of anticipation growing and deservedly so. Do we go in the play offs as favourites? I don't think so, I think we are probably the underdogs. Cheltenham probably feel they could have gone up automatically so will start as favourites but we have a determination and a desire to make the most of the opportunity we have."


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