Ques­tions still in need of an­swers...

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SO, THE EFL clubs we’ve spo­ken to have given their back­ing to the de­ci­sion to rule out Pre­mier League B teams from any pos­si­ble re­struc­tur­ing scheme.

Clubs from non-English leagues or those out­side the English foot­ball pyra­mid will also not be part of any re­vamp. Okay, that’s clear.

It’s also clear that if the pro­pos­als were to even­tu­ally get the go ahead, the EFL would seek to re­cruit the eight ex­tra clubs it would need to make up their four di­vi­sions of 20 teams from the Na­tional League.

So far, so good. But there are still hur­dles to be cleared if the EFL are go­ing to win over a host of scep­ti­cal clubs by next sum­mer when the in­ten­tion is to vote on the plans – and don’t for­get that 90 per cent of them will need to vote in favour for the re­vamp to go through.

One of the big­gest is how the 72 clubs are go­ing to be com­pen­sated for los­ing four home league games per sea­son. If you’re los­ing ap­proach­ing 20 per cent of your home games, then you’ve got ev­ery right to be con­cerned.

In ad­di­tion, you’ve got the ques­tion of re­gion­al­i­sa­tion. Should this be brought in in the lower di­vi­sions of the EFL? By can­vass­ing the opin­ions of clubs this week, you can see there are dif­fer­ing views.

You can un­der­stand clubs want­ing to be seen to be part of a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, but does it still make sense for clubs to be trav­el­ling from one end of the coun­try to the other if it isn’t re­ally nec­es­sary? Would at­ten­dances im­prove if you were play­ing more matches closer to home?

Who will ben­e­fit from th­ese changes? One chair­man said to us this week that the Pre­mier League is be­hind this, with their de­sire to free up the cal­en­dar to en­able a win­ter break to be brought in.

The mis­han­dling of the re­vamped Foot­ball League Tro­phy has per­haps made clubs wary of change, too.

The EFL still have plenty of time to change peo­ple’s mind, but there are lots more ques­tions to an­swer.

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