Dyke admits deafeat over ‘B team’ league idea

first_imgFA chairman Greg Dyke looks to have admitted defeat in his attempt to introduce B teams into the Football League.Dyke’s England Commission announced the findings of the second part of their report into the problems facing English football on Friday.The document, released at an event in Sheffield, centred on plans to improve grassroots football, but it also contained an update on the proposals included in the commission’s first report – which attempts to address the lack of English players at elite level.Dyke announced he wants to implement a £230million plan to significantly boost the number of artificial pitches in England’s biggest cities.The FA chairman also revealed plans to appoint a head of education, who will be responsible for improving coaching standards at grassroots level.But it was the failure of Dyke’s B team plan which was the most eye-catching part of the 60-page publication.Dyke announced in May that he wanted Premier League clubs to create B teams, as is the case in Germany and Spain.The plan was for those teams to compete in a newly-created ‘League Three’, which would have been regarded as the bottom tier of the Football League.But after considerable opposition from clubs, the Premier League and the Football League, Dyke has given up plans to insert B teams into the league, but he is hoping to come to a compromise, with the second strings possibly competing in competitions outside the pyramid, such as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.“The report recognised that this element of the proposals could not be imposed by the FA,” the report read.“We urged the leagues to consider the proposals, which they have done. It was and remains for them to decide.“It is clear that the overall reaction from many clubs was not favourable although the proposal has been supported by many managers and coaches in the Premier League.“The main resistance to the proposal related to protection of the traditional pyramid, which the leagues and clubs weighed against potential advantages that the proposals might bring.“Discussions are ongoing regarding the introduction of B teams into competitions outside the pyramid.”last_img

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