FEWER HOME GATES IS RESHUFFLE’S DILEMMA
PLANS to revisit the structure of the EFL and possibly introduce a League 3, incorporating eight of the clubs currently in the National League, can only be good for the national game.
On the face of it, to me though, four leagues of 20 teams will cause some difficulties which cannot be underestimated. The loss of eight games per season means four fewer home gates. That is a big deficit for small clubs.
So, I am sure that there must be some thinking around that, because smaller clubs will not want to live without 20 per cent or more of their gates.
Presumably, the playoff structures will be evolved and an additional phase to the season will be introduced.
We all have to give huge credit to everybody involved with the strategies of commercialisation and evolution in our game in England.
It is really important that we all take time to understand the need to do our best to support the big picture.
Television is pumping fortunes into English football and we all need to work with TV producers to continue to create competition structures that attract audiences and, in turn, the all-important advertising revenues.