Sunderland face third season in third tier as League One clubs vote to end the season

Sunderland will play in League One again next season after clubs voted by an overwhelming margin to cut the season short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Clubs in League One and League Two opted to use a framework for ending the season put forward by the English Football League board, which meant the final table would be calculated using an unweighted points-per game (PPG) basis.

It means Wycombe have made the League One play-offs, despite lying in eighth place in the table, one position below Sunderland.

This is because The Black Cats have played two matches more than The Blues but have the same number of points, which is factored into the framework.

Sunderland will therefore finish in eighth position - their lowest finish in the history of the club.

The top-half of the final table is shown below, with the PPG values shown in the column furthest right.

Sunderland finish in eight position in the League One table Credit: EFL

The framework retained promotion, relegation and the traditional four-team play-offs.

As a result, Coventry and Rotherham have been promoted from League One to the Championship.

Oxford, Portsmouth and Fleetwood will join Wycombe in the play-offs, with the dates for those matches to be fixed in due course.

Tranmere - who had proposed an alternative framework to the one chosen by the clubs - have been relegated to League Two, along with Southend and Bolton.

Last month, Sunderland's Chief Executive Jim Rodwell said the League One season must be finished on the pitch, "not in a meeting room and most certainly not in a courtroom".