The Football League have today introduced possibly one of their worst ideas in the history of English football.
We are quite accustomed to the changing of name of the Auto Windscreen/JPT Trophy so to see it being called the EFL Trophy will come as no surprise, however the introduction of 16 Premier League Academy sides will.
Many in the football league were against this idea yet the Premier League win yet again and League 1 and League 2 fans up and down the country will suffer because of it.
The Football League statement reads –
EFL Clubs have agreed, at their 2016 summer conference, to pilot a new format for the EFL Trophy as part of their ongoing commitment to creating more and better home grown players.
The one season trial for season 2016/17 will include 64 teams made up of EFL League One and Two clubs, plus an additional 16 category 1 Premier League academy/under-21 sides.
Central to the competition will be the introduction of a new group stage format with 16 regional groups of four teams. The top two teams will progress to the knockout stages of the competition with the final staged at Wembley Stadium in April 2017.
Full details for 2016/17`s competition will be finalised within the next 14 days.
Let’s be quite clear that the Premier League ruined their own league with greed and arrogance of thinking it was the best league in the world – now the Football League sides must suffer.
First step EFL Trophy, next stop……
As a Walsall fan I shall be boycotting any games in which we are drawn against Premier League opposition.