Relegating West Ham United using controversial Points Per Game proposals would be unfair.
That’s according to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.
West Ham’s battle for survival has been on hold since football was shutdown in March.
There has been intense debate and speculation and growing uncertainty over when, how and indeed if the Premier League season will resume.
Talks are ongoing over the Premier League’s Project Restart with a mid-June resumption on the table.
Player concerns and neutral grounds reluctance could activate ‘preferred’ PPG solution
But that could be scuppered by a growing reluctance from players, such as West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, to return at the moment.
That could mean ending the season early like in France, Holland and Belgium.
According to The Athletic should Points Per Game be implemented the favoured method among most clubs is a weighted PPG solution.
This method would see each team’s average points-per-game calculated for their home and away fixtures respectively, then multiplied by their remaining games to simulate the final league position.
If this model was adopted by the Premier League then West Ham – currently 16th and outside the relegation zone on goal difference – would be the big losers and end up relegated in 18th place saving Bournemouth instead.
Neville says PPG relegation would be unfair
But speaking on Sky Sports, influential pundit Gary Neville says points-per-game relegation would be unfair on the likes of West Ham.
“I think that if football was going to be played, it’s right for football to be played for promotion and relegation,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“But I think on the points-per-game basis, to be relegated with nine games to go, with so much to play for, so tight at the bottom and with so much at stake, it doesn’t feel right to me personally…
“I do think it’s unfair for points per game for relegation. It’s important I voice that. It’s devastating going down at any time, but without even having the opportunity to defend yourself and play football matches would be too much.”
West Ham stance digging their own PPG grave?
A standard points per game method would see West Ham safe.
But given the fuss being made by the majority of clubs about playing their remaining games in their own stadiums rather than neutral venues, it would be difficult to argue against the ‘preferred’ weighted method which takes home and away form into account.
And that would be the killer for West Ham.
So perhaps West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady (The Sun) and co need to think more carefully before opposing the neutral venue plan so readily.
If that gets thrown out, the season will have to be concluded off the pitch. And the Hammers’s stance could end up costing them dear.