According to The Times, Preston North End have today held a secret meeting with the rest of the Championship top six.

The football season is currently on standby due to the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the nation, with the Premier League and the Football League both shelving games until April.

It seems unlikely that football will actually return then, and there has been a real fear that the season will end up having to be voided if it can’t be finished.

Other solutions have been suggested, such as Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion being automatically promoted and forming a 22-league Premier League next season, with relegation and the playoffs ignored.

Preston North End’s Advisor to the Owner, Peter Ridsdale. (Photo by David Shipman – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Preston unsurprisingly think that idea is nonsensical, and it’s claimed that Leeds, West Brom, Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston have all held a meeting today to discuss the next steps.

The clubs involved are allegedly ‘seething’ at claims the Premier League may call the season off and void it, and whilst a follow-up conference call will take place on Tuesday, the clubs are ready to launch legal action if they aren’t given the chance to go up.

Leeds and West Brom have major reason to feel this way given that they occupy the automatic promotion spots, whilst the other four will believe there’s no way you can just ignore playoffs.

This is a situation that may not be solved any time soon, but Preston are at least taking a very active stance against all ideas of the Premier League voiding their season, with a chance for North End to make it to the top flight on the line.

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