EFL set to decide on league restructure - and it could have a big impact for Hartlepool United

The EFL and their member clubs are set to discuss the fate of Bury and how to restructure the leagues following their demise.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 3:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 3:16 pm
The EFL are set to decide how to replace Bury

Representatives from all 71 members of the EFL will unite on Thursday for the first leagues meeting of the 2019/20 campaign.

And while the meeting was arranged prior to the Shakers’ expulsion from League One, a discussion over the future of the club features on the agenda.

Local MP James Frith has established a ‘rescue group’ to try and get the club readmitted into League Two next term.

However, it remains to be seen whether the EFL will sanction such a move, with clubs to be consulted on the options available.

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It is expected that clubs will discuss their preferred direction of travel moving forward at the meeting, with the EFL believed to be considered three possible avenues for the 2020/21 campaign.

The options understood to be under consideration are:

- League Two to operate with 23 teams in the 2020/21 season.

- Only one League Two team to be relegated in the 2019/20 season, ensuring there will be 24 teams in the fourth tier in 2020/21 season.

- A new member to be granted membership of the EFL – whether a reformed Bury or a National League club.

No vote is set to take place at the meeting, but it could lead to an extra promotion place being available for Pools this term.