‘They just have to get on with it’ - Sutton’s response to City chief Webber
PUBLISHED: 10:16 14 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:16 14 May 2020
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Chris Sutton has told his former club to “get on with it” after City sporting director Stuart Webber insisted there needed to be a level playing field in the top two tiers of English football.
Webber wants the season to be played to a conclusion, as long as it is safer to do so – but says the Championship must do the same if it is to promote to the top flight.
But Sutton, who began his playing career at Carrow Road, says the Canaries must do what they are told.
“We are too far down the road this season in terms of nulling and void the season, but I think that Norwich, I know they are bottom of the league, they have just got to get on with it,” he said on BBC’s 5 Live Sport.
“They abide by what the authorities are saying, they should do or they don’t, but it looks like they are not going to have much choice in it anyway really.
“I can understand the argument. In my view everything has to be in synch all the way down the league – Premier League, Championship, Leagues One and Two. If it is promotion and relegation then so be it, but if it’s not possible to finish the season, which it doesn’t look like it is going to be in League One and League Two, then there has to be a system and it looks like it is going to be a points per game system which they will be using to calculate.
“What we have spoken about the last couple of weeks is clubs at the bottom and self interest. In fairness to all the clubs who are down there, the bottom six, at least they are being open and honest about it. People are talking about sporting integrity - we know in an ideal world that we all want what Stuart Webber is asking to happen, to happen, but that may not be possible.
“I am not sure where the Championship stands, it still looks iffy whether it is going to come back or not. It doesn’t seems to be an absolutely sure thing for them to come back so in that respect they just have to get on with it, so Norwich finish in the bottom three, in my opinion and for whatever reason they finish the games and that happens all well and good, but they deserve to go down if that’s the case and I don’t really think that Norwich and the other teams that finish in the bottom three have a leg to stand on in that argument.”
Webber had earlier told Sky Sports: “What we could not accept is a situation where we play out all of our games, get relegated, but then the Championship can’t play – because we don’t even know if the government are going to let them play, they automatically promote some teams who haven’t finished the season. Because anyone that is promoted from the Championship, it is a 46- or 49-game slog. It’s a bit like saying the FA Cup finishes now, we can’t complete it, we’re in the quarter-finals and beaten a Championship top six team away, we’ve beaten two Premier League teams away – does that mean we win the FA Cup, qualify for Europe and we all get a medal?”