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20 May 2016

MD sees positives to changes but much to discuss with supporters to have a say

Town MD Ian Milne has welcomed the proposals for a change in the Football League structure but says there is much to discuss before a decision is made. 

The League announced the idea of a major revamp that would see the English professional game expanded to five divisions, with 20 teams in each from the 2019/20 season.  

That would mean eight more clubs added to the League structure, possibly from the National League, but the idea of Premier League clubs allowed to field a B team has been muted as well.  

The three team promotion and relegation system between the Premier League and Championship would remain in place.  

The restructure would lighten the fixture schedule for the Football League clubs and is designed to restrict the need for midweek games to be played, where attendances are nearly always down on weekend matches.    

Initial discussions are expected to take place when the Football League clubs meet in a two day conference in Portugal in June and will continue through next season before a final decision is made in June 2017.  

Ninety per cent of the 92 League clubs would have to agree to any changes for them to come into effect.

“In principle the idea is good and would declutter a very crowded fixture schedule,” Ian told the Club website. 

“It would allow the fans, particularly our young ones, to attend matches throughout the season rather than miss matches in midweek because of school or work commitments. 

“We would have to understand all the financial implications and we would also seek the opinions of the Club’s supporters before deciding on our stance but we welcome the proposals for discussion.”   

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