Ex-City striker Sutton suggests freezing the table is fairest way of completing season
PUBLISHED: 10:38 17 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:44 17 March 2020
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Former Norwich City striker Chris Sutton has suggested that taking the league tables as they currently stand is the fairest way of concluding the domestic seasons.
Sutton made over 100 appearances for City between 1991-94 before completing a controversial move to Blackburn Rovers, where he went onto win the Premier League title.
He was a major protagonist in the Canaries famous Uefa Cup run that involved beating Bayern Munich across two legs.
Post-retirement, Sutton has become an established pundit and, in light of the coronavirus outbreak which is affecting sport across the globe, has suggested a solution to conclude the domestic seasons in England.
Other proposals have suggested the formation of a 22-team Premier League season, with the top two from the Championship being invited to compete in the top-flight next season.
The ramifications for the EFL in that scenario would be significant. For most, the discussion is around discovering a way in which the current season can be concluded.
For Sutton, clubs will ‘look out for themselves’ in any discussion surrounding how the remainder of the season is decided.
“I understand clubs will always look out for themselves,” Sutton told the Monday Night Club.
“The issue is money, if there was no money everyone would accept that Liverpool are champions and Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth would be unhappy but would accept relegation.
“The fact of the matter is there is so much money involved which is why there will be these legal ramblings. Leeds deserve to come up. I know they have to get over the line but who knows where we are going to go with this.”
The Canaries have five home games left to get themselves out of danger and complete a great escape. Villa sit 19th in the table but do possess a game in hand that would see them move out of danger should they record a victory.
Officials from all 20 clubs will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to establish plans for the remainder of the season.