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Derby County owner Mel Morris backs Leeds and West Brom promotion if season ends now

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Derby County owner Mel Morris backs Leeds and West Brom promotion if season ends now

The Derby chairman is of the belief that both Leeds and West Brom have earned promotion if the season stops now.

Leeds United have received unlikely support this week in what could be a bid for promotion, should the Championship not restart. 

At the moment, it seems that Leeds and West Brom, the current top two in the Championship, will be playing out the season as plans to get back to football start to accelerate. 

However, there are still teams in the Championship who appear opposed to restarting the season, including Hull City, and would rather the campaign is ended now and either declared null and void or settled on a points per game structure. 

DERBY, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 16: (photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

If that was to be the case, Derby County chairman Mel Morris has confirmed to RamsTV his belief that Leeds, and West Brom, should be promoted. 

“In terms of whether the season is played out or not, let’s face it if you stop the season now you will be hard pressed to say that the top two probably shouldn’t just be promoted automatically. If I was asked to vote for that, I would vote for that.”


Of course, Leeds and Derby have not exactly seen eye-to-eye in recent times. 

Last season the two clubs were involved in a bitter row over Spygate before the Rams defeated Leeds United in a dramatic play-off semi-final. 

Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani was also critical of Derby’s chairman after the club sold their Pride Park stadium to the owner and then leased it back from a company owned by Morris. Radrizzani suggested the practice was ‘cheating’, as reported by The Telegraph. 

But Morris told TalkSPORT in June last year that he ‘still thinks the world’ of the Italian and it is clear now that he has no qualms about suggesting Leeds deserve to go up from the Championship this season. 

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