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B-teams idea knocked on the head

The idea of Premier League B-teams being allowed to play in a revamped Football League has been voted down.   It is allowed in Spain, and some Premier League clubs thought it might give their younger players more real match experience, but it was deeply unpopular with fans.

What can be done about rogue owners?

The problem of rogue owners at clubs like Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Charlton Athletic and Leeds United persists.   There is no easy solution, although some ideas have been put forward and are discussed below.

During the past week a lot of the focus has been on Blackburn Rovers where there was a well-attended meeting called by two fan groups last Thursday.   In November 2010, when the Indian conglomerate Venky's, took over Blackburn were a stable, well-run Premier League club that had won the title under Jack Walker's benevolent ownership in 1995.

Worse than paint drying?

Never mind the paint drying trophy!  The successor to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, the Checkatrade Trophy, gets under way tonight.  

Cautions and sending-offs are exclusive to the tournament and in normal circumstances won't affect other EFL or Premier League fixtures.  The EFL clubs will field a minimum of five 'First Team' players in the starting 11 as defined under the competition's existing rules, whilst the invited clubs will have at least six under-21 players in their starting line-up.

Worse than paint drying?

Never mind the paint drying trophy!  The successor to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, the Checkatrade Trophy, gets under way tonight.  

Cautions and sending-offs are exclusive to the tournament and in normal circumstances won't affect other EFL or Premier League fixtures.  The EFL clubs will field a minimum of five 'First Team' players in the starting 11 as defined under the competition's existing rules, whilst the invited clubs will have at least six under-21 players in their starting line-up.

Putting Fifa's failure in context

Gerard Clarke has an interesting article in a recent issue of the Journal of Civil Society in which he seeks to put Fifa's governance failure in a broader context.

Brexit and football

Dr Dave Webber reviews the impact of Brexit on football, examining the movement of players, the financial implications for supporters and whether there would be any impact on the national team.

One topic he doesn't mention are the sometimes criticised transfer windows which were the result of a competition settlement with the EU over football broadcasting.

FC Twente to fight relegation punishment

FC Twente are to fight a decision to relegate them from the Dutch Eredivisie, which they won in 2010, to the second division for financial irregularities.   The decision stems from the sale of player transfer fee rights to outside investors.

The licensing commission could have revoked their right to play professional football altogether, but this would have been difficult with a well supported club.   However, relegation will strain their finances.

Football League proposes new structure

Concern about fixture congestion has led the Football League to propose a new structure below the Premier League, also opening up the possibility of a winter break.   The number of clubs would increase from 72 to 80.  

Italian football needs overhaul

This blog post suggests that Italian football requires a major overhaul if it is to regain its former stature. Doubtless so, but some of the five suggestions put forward would prove controversial, not least merging clubs.   The personal identity of fans is tied up with clubs and successful mergers are few and far between.

Football worries over Brexit

Peter Coates, the chairman of Stoke City, has told The Times that the Premier League, the Football League and the FA have 'all sorts of worries' about the effects of a vote to leave the EU in the June 23rd referendum on the UK's membership.

Coates said, 'The research that has been done on this shows that there are a number of players already in England who would not have met the requirements to be granted an automatic work permit, had they needed to go through that process, even some of them in our squad.'