Ex-Sunderland favourite delivers verdict on null and void debate - offers theory on Liverpool, Leeds United and Coventry City

Ex-Sunderland star Carlos Edwards wants to see the season concluded once safe to do so, with all football currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 6:00 am

The EFL and Premier League seasons have been suspended until at least April 30.

But debate is now raging over how to end the current campaign, with some calling for the season to be declared null and void.

Edwards - who played 56 times for Sunderland between 2007 and 2009 and gained Premier League promotion under Roy Keane - doesn’t subscribe to that particular school of thought.

Carlos Edwards in his Sunderland playing days.

“I’m not a fan of just cancelling the season, I would like to see the games finished,” the 41-year-old told the Echo.

“To call it null and void now, I think it would be very harsh because players have been working their socks off to be in the position that they are.

“Liverpool, Leeds United and Coventry City - these boys have worked their socks off to be in a position to potentially see glory.

“They’ve worked hard and you’re telling me they’re going to call it all off?

“No. You can’t do that. It wouldn’t sit right with owners, supporters and players.”

Meanwhile, Edwards has also delivered his verdict on the worrying contract situation, as with the League One campaign currently suspended, clubs are braced for an extended campaign.

The season now looks likely to run into the summer, meaning contracts will expire before clubs have a chance to finish the current season.

A total of 13 Sunderland players - including Jon McLaughlin, Joel Lynch and Alim Ozturk - will see their deals run out in the summer.

Indeed, Edwards is calling on the authorities to enact measures to stop clubs losing players.

Speaking generally, Edwards said: “They have to take action.

“I’ve got no doubt in my mind that players across all leagues in football whose deals run out in six months have been tapped up by other clubs.

“With the situation as it is, it’s only a matter of time before players start instructing their agents to negotiate deals with other clubs.”