FA plans won't benefit us, says County chief executive

COUNTY CHIEFS: Manager Justin Edinburgh, left, and cheif executive Dave Boddy

COUNTY CHIEFS: Manager Justin Edinburgh, left, and cheif executive Dave Boddy

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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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11:40am Fri 9 May 14

Walter Devereux says...

It is a nonsensical idea that will wreck the pyramid and benefit the already rich Premier clubs. Thankfully it will never happen.
It is a nonsensical idea that will wreck the pyramid and benefit the already rich Premier clubs. Thankfully it will never happen. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 21

12:11pm Fri 9 May 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Walter Devereux wrote:
It is a nonsensical idea that will wreck the pyramid and benefit the already rich Premier clubs. Thankfully it will never happen.
Let's hope it doesn't! As you say it's the selfish premier clubs that want it and it's a problem they've caused themselves by hoovering up all the talented youngsters ( English and foreign ) and then not being able to play them because they've filled the 1st team with multi-million pound stars recruited worldwide.
It's a terrible suggestion which will ruin grassroots football.
[quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: It is a nonsensical idea that will wreck the pyramid and benefit the already rich Premier clubs. Thankfully it will never happen.[/p][/quote]Let's hope it doesn't! As you say it's the selfish premier clubs that want it and it's a problem they've caused themselves by hoovering up all the talented youngsters ( English and foreign ) and then not being able to play them because they've filled the 1st team with multi-million pound stars recruited worldwide. It's a terrible suggestion which will ruin grassroots football. lowandhardandinthecorner
  • Score: 15

2:22pm Fri 9 May 14

sooty001 says...

lowandhardandintheco
rner
wrote:
Walter Devereux wrote:
It is a nonsensical idea that will wreck the pyramid and benefit the already rich Premier clubs. Thankfully it will never happen.
Let's hope it doesn't! As you say it's the selfish premier clubs that want it and it's a problem they've caused themselves by hoovering up all the talented youngsters ( English and foreign ) and then not being able to play them because they've filled the 1st team with multi-million pound stars recruited worldwide.
It's a terrible suggestion which will ruin grassroots football.
100% agree with you, as if the Premiership did not have enough already, they spend their Sky millions on foreign stars then their youngsters cannot break into the first team, let them sort their own problems out and not disrupt a pyramid system that is working perfectly okay.
[quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: It is a nonsensical idea that will wreck the pyramid and benefit the already rich Premier clubs. Thankfully it will never happen.[/p][/quote]Let's hope it doesn't! As you say it's the selfish premier clubs that want it and it's a problem they've caused themselves by hoovering up all the talented youngsters ( English and foreign ) and then not being able to play them because they've filled the 1st team with multi-million pound stars recruited worldwide. It's a terrible suggestion which will ruin grassroots football.[/p][/quote]100% agree with you, as if the Premiership did not have enough already, they spend their Sky millions on foreign stars then their youngsters cannot break into the first team, let them sort their own problems out and not disrupt a pyramid system that is working perfectly okay. sooty001
  • Score: 5

2:23pm Fri 9 May 14

Frankfurt says...

The report is an astonishingly selfish, arrogant and discourteous document. I understand that the Football Conference, whose competition would be hacked to bits under these proposals, were not told about them let alone consulted about them before the press conference yesterday.

Fortunately I can't see the Premier clubs wanting to pay £2 million a year membership as suggested by Dyke and also provide a Football League standard stadium in addition to their main stadium which they would need if promoted to League 2. They have shown little confidence in their youth teams ability to produce 1st team players and scant interest in reserve teams which is why the system is in a mess.They will want to go on buying them in. It's utterly wrong to suggest, as this report does, that the bulk of football clubs and their supporters should suffer serious damage to their competitions just because the Premier League clubs refuse to get their house in order and take home grown players (and managers for that matter) seriously.
The report is an astonishingly selfish, arrogant and discourteous document. I understand that the Football Conference, whose competition would be hacked to bits under these proposals, were not told about them let alone consulted about them before the press conference yesterday. Fortunately I can't see the Premier clubs wanting to pay £2 million a year membership as suggested by Dyke and also provide a Football League standard stadium in addition to their main stadium which they would need if promoted to League 2. They have shown little confidence in their youth teams ability to produce 1st team players and scant interest in reserve teams which is why the system is in a mess.They will want to go on buying them in. It's utterly wrong to suggest, as this report does, that the bulk of football clubs and their supporters should suffer serious damage to their competitions just because the Premier League clubs refuse to get their house in order and take home grown players (and managers for that matter) seriously. Frankfurt
  • Score: 6

8:36pm Fri 9 May 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

Greg Dyke wants to be the Dr Beeching of football!

Just seen that the County Message Board has a petition going which I have just end signed and would encourage others to do likewise.
http://www.change.or
g/en-GB/petitions/th
e-football-associati
on-say-no-to-b-teams
Greg Dyke wants to be the Dr Beeching of football! Just seen that the County Message Board has a petition going which I have just end signed and would encourage others to do likewise. http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/th e-football-associati on-say-no-to-b-teams Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 5

4:03am Sat 10 May 14

Pianoman42 says...

Let them all play in a league of their own, outside the pyramid system.
Let them all play in a league of their own, outside the pyramid system. Pianoman42
  • Score: 3

3:11pm Sat 10 May 14

JimMachen says...

This is actually something on which Mr Boddy and myself agree.
This is actually something on which Mr Boddy and myself agree. JimMachen
  • Score: 1

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