Date:Sunday May 18 2014
Until now I have not had anything to say on here about the proposal put forward by FA chief Greg Dyke recently, but now I feel the need to say something and have - more to the point - found a few minutes spare to write something. Quite simply I think that the 'B team' idea put forward recently needs to be kicked into touch, so as I say in the title 'bin the proposal.'
I know that the vast majority of fans, and a huge number of clubs and officials within the game, agree.
Dyke, for me, has come into the FA and had some good ideas and is looking to implement some interesting plans but this proposal - most areas - of it basically threaten the values and traditions of the English game.
Look at the tables of 'most watched football' and you will see that all four of this countries top leagues are within the top 20, in fact I think from the premier league down to league two, these are within the top 15, if not top 10.
I appreciate, and understand, the need to bring through more English players and some of the ideas can help but how exactly will this league three idea benefit England?
Putting aside the fact that it seems to show a complete lack of respect to clubs in the football league and basically looks to destroy decades and decades of history and tradition, I cannot quite understand how having a 'premier league B team' playing in the lower leagues will be of benefit to the national side.
If it is thought that players playing from this league three up to the championship will make them 'England ready' then why not simply select the English players at that level, why do they have to be contracted to a 'premier league side' to make this the case?
Surely it makes more sense just to keep the loan system in place and allow proper football league sides to borrow homegrown talent from 'the big boys'.
With all due respect to football in the lower leagues, I speak as a fan that has to 'enjoy' this week-in-week-out of course, the quality can more often than not be terrible!
Yep, it would make players 'physically stronger' and 'toughen them up' but again other than the obvious benefit of them playing week-in-week-out in a 'competitive league', if that is what it would be, what benefits will there really be to England?
Creating a league three to allow 'B team' entries will completely destroy the history and traditional of the English game, the creation of the premier league, in many ways, devalued the English game anyway - a new 5th tier of professional football will make it a farce.
Just leave things as they are, let the young talent and reserve teams play in their respective areas and players go out on loan do not both creating a new league to ruin our game - and, like I keep saying, I cannot see it will benefit it and not at all convinced that England as a national side would benefit from this 'gamble' either.
By all means continue to implement 'caps' on the number of foreign players in squads etc. but do not create another league - we already have youth, reserve, developments leagues and the like in place so lets keep a 'B team' within those set-ups.
I sincerely hope that Dyke, and his pals at the FA, think very, very carefully about this league three B team idea as it threatens not only to devalue our national game traditions but I would say destroy the English game, not benefit it!
Enough money, I dare say, has been wasted on this idea as it is so lets not waste anymore - yep, I am sure premier league sides are for this as it will mean that they can stockpile more and more players spread over a couple of squads but do not ruin the English game for a strategy that probably would not even pay off.
Create a premier league two, for B teams only, if you must but keep it away from the football league...
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Date:Sunday May 18 2014
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