FA plans won't benefit us, says County chief executive
Updated 11:39am Friday 9th May 2014 in Sport
NEWPORT County AFC chief executive Dave Boddy says plans to accommodate Premier League B teams in a new League Three don’t have his support.
A Football Association commission led by Greg Dyke announced four key recommendations on Thursday to boost the English game at club and international level.
The main talking point has been the plan to create a new tier within the Football League to accommodate Premier League B teams from the 2016/17 season.
County finished 14th in League Two in their first season in the Football League and Boddy does not think the creation of a new tier will benefit the Exiles.
“I think it’s going to change the integrity of the competition and what the competition’s about,” Boddy told the BBC.
“I can’t see too many positives for Newport County.
“I guess, I don’t know, effectively we are talking about reserve or development squads and whether that changes the nature of the competition and whether that will be attractive to supporters those are the questions we need to find the answer to.
“But personally it’s not something I’d be keen on.”
And Boddy believes that most clubs in League One, League Two and the Conference will feel the same about the controversial proposals.
“I think they’d have to do a lot to convince Football League clubs that it's the way forward,” said Boddy.
“I think it will be taken to the Football League conference in Portugal in June, but I have to say that there wasn’t a lot of appetite for it amongst Football League clubs at the meeting I attended in February in Derby,” he added.
“While the aims are laudable to produce more international players I think the culture of our game is at question.”
Football Association chairman Dyke has warned that failure to adopt his plans to improve English football could lead to a bleak future for homegrown talent.
The review also calls for a reform of the work permit system to reduce the number of non-EU players in the Premier League, a reduction in non-home-grown players in the top-flight and a strategic loan partnership between the Premier League, Championship and lower-league teams.
However, Boddy believes a lot more detail is needed on the plans to reform the loan system.
“That almost looks like clubs are going to become nursery clubs or some clubs are going to be getting an advantage over other clubs,” he said. “So there’s a lot of work to be done on it.”
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