FEWER HOME GATES IS RESHUF­FLE’S DILEMMA

The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

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.

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