Champagne on ice for City loanee as League Two season is concluded
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Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi may be able to start promotion celebrations very soon, after clubs in League Two voted to conclude their season early because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Clubs in League One and Two held talks with the Football League (EFL) this morning and while there were disagreements among the third-tier teams, the fourth-tier sides has taken decisive action.
Norwich have two loan players in League Two, with Jaiyesimi at second-placed Swindon and striker Mason Bloomfield with 12th-placed Crawley, who were 10 points adrift of the play-offs with nine games remaining.
The EFL has confirmed that the fourth-tier clubs were unanimously in favour of three teams being promoted automatically to League One, completing the play-offs to decide on one more side to go up, and on no teams being relegated to the National League.
An unwanted points-per-game format is preferred but the decision still requires ratification from the boards of the EFL and the Football Association.
The decision could affect King’s Lynn Town’s hopes of being promoted to the National League, with clubs in the North and South divisions waiting for decisions, with those seasons already cancelled but with outcomes unclear.
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Canaries youngsters Simon Power and Alfie Payne were on loan at the Linnets, whose anxious wait for a decisions goes on, having finished second in National League North but with two games in hand to make up the two points on York and reclaim the top spot that have held for much of the campaign.
It’s a similar story for City goalkeeper Aston Oxborough, who has spent the season on loan with National League South leaders Wealdstone.
However, 21-year-old Jaiyesimi has scored four goals in 21 games for promotion chasing Swindon in League Two - to increase his hopes of seeing the one-year option in his expiring contract being activated by Norwich.
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The manager of Swindon - who would claim the title under points-per-game due to having a game in hand on Crewe - Richie Wellens has tweeted: “Even more good news today. Great day.”
Bloomfield, 23, has scored four goals in 24 games for Crawley but is not believed to have an extension option in his expiring City contract, with deals traditionally expiring on June 30.
Most of City’s 20 loan players have now seen their season concluded, although German left-back Philip Heise will be back in action on Sunday as Bundesliga 2 resumes, away to St Pauli (12.30pm UK time).
There are five League One players awaiting news though, they are: Sam McCallum (Coventry) Sean Raggett (Portsmouth), Carlton Morris, Louis Thompson (MK Dons) and Isak Thorvaldsson (Fleetwood).
League One clubs are expected to meet again on Monday after no definitive outcome was reached at their meeting on Friday morning.
Six third-tier clubs - Fleetwood, Ipswich, Oxford, Peterborough, Portsmouth, and Sunderland - said on Thursday that they were opposed to ending the season now on a points-per-game basis.
Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony tweeted on Thursday evening: “We as a collective are United in our goal to finish this season.
“We have no desire for voiding the season, PPG scenarios/letting a computer decide our footballing fate.
“For our fans/staff and for the integrity of our sport we are all looking forward to completing our pending fixtures/season under guidance from the EFL at a time it is deemed safe to do so. Thank you for your time.”
The teams involved are all in the top half of the League One standings, from Oxford in third to Ipswich in 10th. Teams in the division have between eight and 10 games left to play.
EFL chairman Rick Parry told a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee last week that for many clubs, playing behind closed doors would actually cost them money, and that finishing the 2019-20 season was overwhelmingly a matter of sporting integrity.