Could Town be part of a regionalised League One? Radical plans get backing of ‘several clubs’
- Credit: PA
A number of clubs in Leagues One and Two are backing radical plans to regionalise the lower tiers of football in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been reported.
With football suspended indefinitely, players not allowed to train in groups and no date set for the game to return, there are fears for the future of a number of clubs in the lower leagues.
And, according to the Daily Mail, several clubs are supporting an idea put forward by Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley, which would see League Ones and Two regionalise in a bid to cut down on travel costs and make away matches more appealing for fans.
Such a move would be a step back into football history – the Third Divisions North and South ran from 1921 to 1958, before the competitions were nationalised and became Division Three and Division Four.
Pilley is also advocating a salary cap as he warns that at least 10 ‘famous’ clubs risk going out of business.
He told the BBC: “If there is to be a rescue package one of the knock-on effects is that there should be a covenant and within that there needs to be a salary cap so football becomes sustainable in the lower leagues so we can focus on football and not points deductions.
You may also want to watch:
“It is worth considering a regionalised League One and League Two. Much as I like Gillingham, I don’t like going there on a Tuesday night, or Portsmouth on a Tuesday night. It makes no sense.”
- What do you think? Leave a comment below
- 1 Controversial north Essex village homes plan set for go-ahead
- 2 Map reveals raw sewage overflow into Suffolk rivers
- 3 Woman has heart attack and dies in ambulance waiting for a hospital bed
- 4 'The culture is right' - Johnson leaves Town in good hands after whirlwind trip
- 5 £1million beach village set for approval as part of resort regeneration
- 6 Hospital visits to be suspended due to Covid infection rise
- 7 Why is this Suffolk address on Covid lateral flow test boxes?
- 8 Emergency services conduct search and rescue mission off Harwich coast
- 9 Affordable homes project proposed for east Suffolk village
- 10 Town keeper Holy set for emergency loan move