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Top two are a cut above in a sea of mediocrity

Valley row: Matt Southall PICTURE: REX

LIKE so much right now, the climax to the Championship is clouded in uncertainty as we wait and see what effects coronavirus will have.

If it is to be an inauspicious ending, it would be in keeping with a forgettable campaign on so many fronts.

You probably won’t agree if you have the pleasure of watching Leeds or West Brom every week but beyond The Hawthorns and Elland Road, the gulf appears to be growing.

Just compare some of the one-dimensional football being played by several of the promotion-chasers with that served up by Norwich and Aston Villa last term — and they are propping up the Premier League.

The crowds are down too. Of those sides in the second tier last term, only Millwall and Derby have seen an increase — in both cases marginal.

Yet Blackburn feel able to charge Leeds fans for £40 for a televised game next month at a time prices for away fans are capped at £30 in the top flight.

In fairness, so many clubs are operating around the fringes of financial fair play they need every penny they can get. But you can’t even trust the league table with rivals itching to deduct up to 21 points from Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham for alleged breaches.

Then we have Charlton, who thought they had a brighter future by escaping the clutches of Roland Duchatelet only to find new owners Matt Southall and Tahnoon Nimer in a tug of war over the club.

Much is made of the Championship being the fifth-best attended league in Europe and the most open of the lot. But don’t mistake any of that for thinking it is in rude health.