Date:Wednesday May 7 2014
Though this is something I have argued for and debated its structure previously, it is at last being discussed at the top table.
Debates on whether it should actually happen and in what format are sure to run and run, but as Spurs fans what are our thoughts? I am a big fan of it, as if its run in the right format, it can help clubs and countries develop young talent, whilst also allowing inactive squad players the chance to actually put their boots on and run around a bit.
I dislike the B team status and have suggested that actually using A team is a better term, purely as it fits better and retains a greater attraction for senior players who no longer del;ate to playing "reserve" football. its all about letters and numbers, but if there can be a spin put on it, then why not if it doesn`t do any harm.
Next up is how it is formatted. Do we allow clubs to add teams into the football league and let them rise or fall depending on the clubs wealth and ambition? Do we have them all in leagues with promotion and relegation or do we mirror the leagues and you go up and down according to the success of the Prem team.
I have to confess to being undecided over promotion and relegation, as sometimes we have to look at the bigger picture and reason what we are actually making these leagues for. Is it to develop players, if so do we want them to do so without the pressure of competition or is that a good thing? Perhaps this is dependent on age of those involved.
Finally how do you decide when to play the games. Do they for example play on a weekend and mirror the Prem games? Does playing them on a Saturday cause problem for supporters of lower leagues and effect the revenues of those clubs. There really is plenty to consider.
I like a format that has smaller leagues, played midweek, and have an agreed number of U21 and homegrown players. I would also make promotion and relegation based on application and not based upon points achieved, as this can allow a club to develop without the absolute certainty of suffering in status. However who decided and what is ultimately good for the game?..
Date:Wednesday May 7 2014
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