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Talking point: Premier League B teams

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

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Any suggestions that a new competition should be brought in for B teams of Premier League and Championship clubs should be dismissed without haste.

The Football Association are set to meet today to discuss a proposal from FA chairman Greg Dyke for these second teams to play in a league sandwiched between League Two and the Conference.

Quite frankly, it is a ridiculous idea.

For starters, what happens to the winners of this league? Are they promoted into League Two? What happens to the team who finish bottom? Are they relegated into the Conference?

If they stay in the B team league no matter where they finish, surely the competitive element is lost?

Surprise, surprise, Premier League clubs are in favour of the competition because it will allow them to develop their young players. What tosh.

They have plenty of opportunities to develop their youngesters already, such as the FA Cup and League Cup, as many do. Or how about this for an idea, in their first teams too.

As Gary Sweet, chief executive of new Conference champions Luton Town and a Conference board member, said: "These proposals would completely kill English football as we know it."

Too often the football authorities bend over backwards to help the Premier League clubs at the expense of those lower down the football pyramid.

It's time it stopped.

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