Sheffield Wednesday league rivals 'appalled' by EFL handling of restart announcement

The provisional restart of the Championship season on June 20 was met with a distinctly mixed reception from clubs and supporters alike over the weekend.

Monday, 1st June 2020, 12:00 pm

And one club has made it abundantly clear of their thoughts around the news, revealing that clubs were given only 40 minutes warning of the decision before it was made public on Saturday evening.

Queens Park Rangers chief executive Lee Hoos has also made clear that his club was not consulted by the EFL in any way before the announcement.

In an open letter to the authorities, Hoos said that from dugout to boardroom, the Rs are ‘appalled’ by the decision, which also appears to take issue with the amount of time given for players to work up to match fitness.

Sign up to our Sheffield Wednesday newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

He said: “I am absolutely stunned by this announcement, as is our Director of Football Les Ferdinand and our manager Mark Warburton.

“Incredibly, there has been absolutely no consultation with individual clubs nor with the Championship doctors' working group by the divisional representatives - or anyone else in the Football League – regarding this matter.

“On top of that, we were only made aware of the statement 40 minutes before it was made public.

“Having spoken with Les and Mark, they share my views. We are vehemently opposed to this schedule.

QPR CEO Lee Hoos has lashed out at the latest news from the EFL.

“The players haven’t even returned to full-contact training at this moment and yet they are now expected to be in a position to play at a competitive level in just three weeks’ time."

“I have made our feelings known to the EFL and, having spoken with a number of CEOs at other Championship clubs, I am not a lone voice on this matter," he said.

“We are absolutely appalled.”

Last night's EFL statement said: "Following Saturday’s announcement by the Government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of 20 June 2020 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

"The date is subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and Government guidance is met; and that Clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds."

READ MORE:

An important message:

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news, please consider a subscription to The Star by going to thestar.co.uk/subscriptions

The coronavirus lockdown is having a major impact on many of our local advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive. That means we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers and subscribe to our website during this crisis.

Stay safe and take care. Thank you.