Here we go again, then. No sooner had the Football League season come to an end – and with play-offs still to be played for the end of this season, we might well argue that the body isn’t merely warm but is actually still practicing recital of its famous last words – than that the League’s proposals for shaking up its entire structure were released into the public domain. There doesn’t seem to be any area of football that so clearly demonstrates the fundamental line between those who administer the game and those who consume it than these proposals. They only ever seem to demonstrate a game that has little to no interest in the interests of supporters, only in those who are already handsomely rewarded for their involvement in it.
The headline figures are that the Football League proposes to change from three divisions of twenty-four clubs to being four divisions of twenty, and that the League Cup and the Football League Trophy will be retained in some form or another. The proposals already have the “in principle” support of the both the Premier League and the Football Association, so there’s no need for the Football League to worry about what obstacles they may come across there. Supporters, on the other hand, seem fairly low on their list of priorities, as can be seen from their list of objectives from the entire exercise, which are listed as:
– To maximise the number of weekend/Bank Holiday league fixtures;
– To remove where practical fixture congestion and scheduling conflicts;
– To protect/improve financial distributions/income generation for Football League clubs;
– To maintain the Football League Play-Off Finals as the last event of the domestic season.
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