The Football League have today confirmed that the ‘Whole Game’ solution discussions have ceased with the Football Association.
The Football Association blocked the move to hold FA Cup ties in midweek.
The plans included ridiculous ideas such as introducing a fourth league in the Football League pyramid, with twenty sides in each division. It was unclear where the additional teams would come from with many suggesting Premier League academy sides would join the pyramid.
Shaun Harvey (EFL Chief Executive) released the following statement
As a result of the FA’s decision, the Board has been left with no option but to end the Whole Game Solution discussions as, in its current form, it is no longer viable’
‘If the weekend slots are not available, then there is simply no way we can meet the financial conditions (to be no worse off) as outlined at the very outset’
‘The stance the FA has adopted has brought the discussions to a premature end, before fully understanding what the financial outcome from the creation of a new distribution model could be’
‘If the FA are willing to change its position then we are of course, open to re-engaging in what is a hugely important debate that was designed to help shape the future of football in this country’
Harvey has already come under fire in recent months for his decision to invite English Premier League Under 21 sides into the CheckaTrade Trophy – only Chelsea from the top six clubs decided to accept their invitation and the attendances for the competition have hit a new low with some clubs refusing to announce their official attendances.
Shaun Harvey has now failed with two ideas and should step down as EFL Chief Executive with immediate effect.