COMMENT: FOOTBALL LEAGUE TROPHY
WE READ AN ARTICLE this week imploring fans not to boycott the new EFL trophy revamp. Well apart from the new moniker ‘EFL’ wanting to make us throw up on our shoes, this argument is flawed.
Attendances are not great in the competition anyway, in fact for a lot of clubs costs outweigh income already. Gate money long ceased to be the crucial funding stream for a club. As for saying players like crowds, obviously they do but there ain't much difference between 500 and a 1000 when you're out there.
And what about attendances when the premier league clubs are at home? Do you honestly think PL supporters are going to get off their sofas to watch under 21s play against lower league sides? Check out PL side's attendances in the early rounds of the league cup and the FA cup - miserable. And imagine the attendance at a final between Stoke kids and Sunderland kids?
The whole point of this walking abortion of a revamp was that everyone wanted Man Utd in for a pay day. Well they're not in so it's a mess.
It's argued that it's the only way to get these kids experience. Utter tosh.
1/ They might be playing professionals but they're professionals the Development teams are better than, so not much benefit there.
2/ They only need six youth players, in so these teams will actually be giving a run out to ageing has-beens in part.
3/ No-one says they have to be English youth team players so how does that benefit England's ongoing crusade to improve?
4/ If it's not about developing English players, then it's just an opportunity to help the PL clubs, so you are just using the FL teams and their supporters. Why should League 1 and 2 supporters spend their dough to help out the richest league in the world?
5/How much fuss will there be if some up and coming superstar has his leg shattered at Fleetwood, losing his club a fortune on what's been spent on his development?
6/ It's been said there is no alternative to help players get experience, well actually there is. It was called the central league which then became the PL reserve league, where top flight reserve and development teams played competitive fixtures against themselves. Dropped because PL sides didn't want the fixture backlog, the risk of injury, the expense and dropped superstars saying ‘get lost I ain't playing in that’.
7/ You are robbing the competition for league 1 and league 2 clubs away from the league 1 and league 2 clubs.
Don't boycott it? What are these supporters, whose clubs are so important to them, meant to do? Roll over and put their @rses in the air? Yet another sad story of those that run football helping themselves not the game.