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19 May 2020 22:30

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Sign up to FREE email alerts from CheshireLive - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Crewe Alex could be on the verge of promotion after League Two clubs unanimously voted for the season to be concluded last Friday. The meeting brought together each club to decide on whether a 'project restart' was possible for the League One and Two. The current season has been suspended since late March due to the coronavirus crisis, which left the Railwaymen sitting in top spot. There were nine games remaining to complete the season, but after weeks of uncertainty, it has been reported that a decision has been made. The Chronicle understands that there were up to seven possible outcomes, ranging from the season being voided, to waiting as long as possible until it is safe to return. It is believed that the season will now be completed via the points per game system, which manager David Artell eluded to last week.

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(Image: Kevin Warburton - A Moment in Sport) This will mean the clubs' totals will be accumulated with the points they have averaged throughout the season - leaving the Alex in second place, with a promotion to League One alongside Swindon and Plymouth. Crewe will now have to be patient until the decision is ratified by the governing bodies, before they can celebrate their return to League One after a four-year wait. At this moment in time, it is unclear on when the situation will formally be resolved as the footballing authorities continue to try and reach an agreement across each division, but Crewe will be hopeful that some positive news will be heading their way soon. Sign up to the CheshireLive newsletter Did you know we offer a free email newsletter service? Each CheshireLive bulletin delivers the latest breaking news, what's on events and the hottest talking points straight to your inbox. For more information about how - and why - to subscribe, click here. The EFL statement included: "Representatives of League One and League Two clubs have met today by division where they have shared a wide range of comprehensive views in respect of how the 2019/20 season is concluded. "In the event of a curtailment of the season, the EFL Board outlined how this could be addressed through a framework that includes maintaining the principle of promotion and relegation, league tables to be determined via unweighted points per game (PPG) and play-offs to remain in every division to determine the final promotion place." They added: "Having considered the protocols and costs that would be required to be met to conclude the current season, League Two clubs have unanimously indicated a preferred direction of travel to curtail the campaign in line with the framework outlined by the EFL Board. "In addition, clubs asked for consideration to be given to suspending relegation to the National League for 2019/20 as a result of circumstances created where fixtures cannot be completed. No commitments were made in this respect and the board will now consider the implications of the division's preferred approach at their next meeting." Crewe have enjoyed a magnificent campaign so far, and looked on course for their first ever league title. The largely homegrown side, expertly steered by managerial duo David Artell and Kenny Lunt, have scored 67 goals and were one of the in-form teams when the action was paused. They will feel promotion is more than deserved, but there will likely be some disappointment, if confirmed by the EFL, that they potentially missed out on the title trophy and will have to wait to celebrate their incredible achievement. However, the jump in divisions will be worth around £600,000 for the club and in the current difficult financial climate, it will be well-received by those situated at Gresty Road. Having captained the Alex side who gained promotion back in 2012, David Artell will be hoping to celebrate his first managerial piece of silverware soon. Artell has previously stated: "We have had a number of good performances and results this season and that is why we have been up there in the top places for much of the season. "We have become a tough nut to crack and that is because we have good players and they deserve the credit."