Football League clubs set to reject FA chairman Greg Dyke's B League plans in Portugal meeting
Dyke's plans have been met with negative response to include Premier League B teams in the lower tiers
Thursday 05 June 2014
Football League clubs are expected to give Greg Dyke's controversial 'B league' proposals the thumbs down at their summer meeting in Portugal on Thursday.
Dyke, the FA chairman, has proposed a new division be created between the Conference and League Two which would include a number of Premier League clubs' B teams.
The plan emerged from his England Commission which aims to increase the number of English players in the top flight, and Dyke says it would give young players more experience of competitive football.
But Bradford City chairman Mark Lawn said there was a "general consensus" among the 72 Football League clubs that the B league would not work.
Lawn, speaking from Portugal ahead of the meeting, told Press Association Sport: "Nobody understands how playing at Conference or League One level can help any player make it to play for England.
"There is a general consensus that it wouldn't work and would not be good for our club football either.
"The FA need to go to the Premier League and say they only have so many foreigners but they won't do it.
"The loan system as it is now works better - look at Tom Cleverley.
"He started at Bradford, went to Manchester United when he was 12, went out on loan to Leicester, Watford and Wigan then went back to United and ended up playing for England.
"If they are going to end up playing for England they need to be playing at least at Championship level."
Blackburn managing director Derek Shaw echoed Lawn in claiming the current loan system works better than a B league would, and pointed out that Manchester United's young defender Michael Keane had been given "terrific experience" during his loan spell with Rovers last season.
Shaw told Press Association Sport: "We want to help the FA where we can. I'm personally not a big believer in this B league plan.
"We think the loan system can provide young players with terrific experience, as happened with Michael Keane who came to us from Manchester United last season."
Football League officials are due to present an alternative proposal which would see some Premier League B teams play in an expanded Johnstone's Paint Trophy, which would include a group stage. It is unclear, however, whether that would interest top-flight clubs.
The meeting will also discuss the use of artificial '3G' pitches following the FA's decision to allow them in all rounds of the FA Cup, and the ongoing dispute over financial fair play rules in the Championship.
Latest in Sport
Didier Drogba went absolutely mental in the Chelsea dressing room after Blues were given the Premier League trophy
Jack Wilshere's final-day strike wins Match of the Day's Goal of the Season award after Arsenal fans hijack vote
Liverpool's 2005 Champions League-winning side: From Jerzy Dudek to Vladimir Smicer - where are they now?
Jurgen Klopp favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool if he's sacked
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
- 1 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 2 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland