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King's Lynn Town keeping a close eye on English Football League outcome




King's Lynn Town fans will be hoping the National League will fall into line with the English Football League – if they end the current season and base it on a points-per-game model to decide promotion and relegation.

League One and League Two football will be axed until next season with promotion and relegation set to be confirmed.

That's according to The Athletic, who suggest the action in tiers three and four will not be resumed.

The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402452)
The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402452)

If that's the case, League One and Two teams have to agree on a method for promotion and relegation with the EFL already receiving proposals from a number of clubs.

The current favourite is said to be a points-per-game model, weighted to reflect home and away games.

That would remove any bias given to teams who have played more home games than others up to this point.

This would be done by working out a club's points per game for home matches, multiplying it by 22, and then doing the same for away matches and adding the two totals together.

Given that scenario in the National League North, the Linnets would leapfrog York City to be crowned champions while the Minstermen would also be promoted in second spot if there are no play-offs.

National League chiefs are currently waiting on a decision from the EFL before announcing their own plans for the top two tiers of the non-league pyramid.

The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402441)
The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC.. (34402441)

Meanwhile, Lynn chairman Stephen Cleeve has challenged why National League teams with no interest in the play-offs were asked for their thoughts on a way to end the current season.

Speaking on his I Bought a Football Club podcast, Cleeve said: "“The National League asked every club what their view was on the play-offs and I don’t understand why they did that.

"I think that every club that could be involved in a play-off, either on points per game basis or on a basis of where we are now, who is in play-off positions and who could be entering the play-offs with points per game, should have been asked the question and I understand that.

”But what on earth is the relevancy of a club that finished rock bottom of the league, no disrespect to Bradford, but why would they ask them whether there should be play-offs or not?

"Why ask them? It is of no consequence to them and it is pointless.

“We voted there should be play-offs if it was humanely possible.

"It could be used as a pre-season opener, I don’t think people should be able to sign extra players, we disagree with that, we felt people should have to go with the same teams they started off with and there should be contract extensions if necessary, where the FA accept those players can’t move on until they have played those games - nevertheless I accept that could be fraught with legal difficulties.

"But it is not right someone can boost their team for one game, it makes it all lopsided.”



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