No Bury-return: EFL agrees plan to return to full 72-club membership

26 September 2019

Photo: Getty Images In a separate discussion at today’s meeting, EFL Clubs gave their endorsement to the proposed appointment of Rick Parry as EFL Chairman. The appointment will now go forward for formal ratification at a general meeting. With Parry setting up to make his entry, Debbie Jevans CBE will resume her previous role as senior independent director, if and when the process is successfully concluded.

The EFL and its 71 member clubs have decided on how to return to a full 72-club membership.

In the current season, there will only be to relegation places from League One and a single relegation sport in League Two.

The clubs rejected Bury FC Rescue Board’s proposal to admit the club into League Two in the 2020/21 season. 

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen

The EFL and its member clubs have decided on a direction of travel for how to best return the League to its full membership of 72 clubs from the 2020/21 season, following Bury FC’s expulsion last month, which reduced League One from 24 to 23 clubs. 

As the EFL has previously confirmed, the number of relegation places in League One will be reduced to three in the current season.

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