‘FOOL­ISH TO TALK UP THIS FAILED REVAMP’

The Football League Paper - - NEWS -

GRIMSBY Town di­rec­tor John Fenty is adamant the re­vamped Foot­ball League Tro­phy has not worked.

The Mariners were de­lighted to re­turn to the EFL this sea­son af­ter win­ning the Na­tional League play-offs last term, but the Check­a­trade Tro­phy has been a blot on their land­scape. And Fenty be­lieves EFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Shaun Har­vey has been il­lad­vised to speak so glow­ingly of how the com­pe­ti­tion’s new for­mat has func­tioned this sea­son.

“I cer­tainly don’t think the com­pe­ti­tion has been suc­cess­ful, and talk­ing it up has been fool­hardy,” he said. “There has clearly been un­rest and there’s been a mas­sive re­jec­tion from the fans.

“It does seem that the EFL are bury­ing their heads in the sand.”

And Fenty be­lieves things needs to change if the com­pe­ti­tion is to be a suc­cess in the fu­ture.

“The ob­jec­tive of the pro­pos­als was to as­sist the English game, to en­able the Premier League clubs to blood young­sters in a men’s com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“Clearly, the ad­di­tion of five over-age play­ers in their sides, which could in­clude for­eign play­ers, didn’t fit with the orig­i­nal plan that was put to us.

“If the Premier League aren’t in­ter­ested in mak­ing the com­pe­ti­tion work, we need to down tools and go back to the way it was. The com­pe­ti­tion hasn’t worked and some­thing needs to change.”

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