League Two clubs have agreed to end the 2019-20 season early.

The fourth-tier sides gathered by conference call on Friday and the it is understood the clubs were in favour of three teams being promoted automatically to League One, completing the play-offs to decide on one more side to go up, and on no teams being relegated to the National League.

A points-per-game format was discussed, with any formal ending of the season requiring a similar agreement being reached by League One - whose talks broke up earlier on Friday without a definitive outcome.

Any decision would then require the ratification of the English Football League and the Football Association.

Salford look set to finish their first Football League campaign in 10th, Graham Alexander’s side having last played with a 2-0 win over Bradford on March 7.

An EFL statement read: "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."

Ammies co-owner Gary Neville said last week that returning to action did not make financial sense for clubs in the bottom two tiers.  

"I said a few weeks ago I think it's extremely unlikely League One and League Two will play football," he told Sky Sports. "We know the Bundesliga and the measures they're putting in place to allow football to happen. It's going to cost a lot of money. And the same

"We're talking millions of pounds to invest in what would be health and safety protocols, neutral venues, all the logistics, the hotel costs of keeping club people and players in as safe environments as possible will be huge costs to the Bundesliga and the Premier League. And League One and League Two can't fund that. The clubs won't fund that.

"There's just a lack of willingness at League One and League Two levels to take the risk and go through all the economic risks. There [will be] no fans in stadiums, you'd have to pay players appearance money and bonus money - and the clubs haven't got the money."

League One clubs are expected to meet again on Monday after no definitive outcome was reached at their meeting on Friday morning.

EFL chairman Rick Parry told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee last week that for many clubs, playing behind closed doors would actually cost them money, and that finishing the 2019-20 season was overwhelmingly a matter of sporting integrity.