wanderlust wrote:Things may well be the way they are, but if something's broke it needs fixing and sometimes that calls for radical solutions. The question is will it still work for the EFL if clubs continue to go bust? Will it still work for the Premier League if there are no clubs to nick players from and to send prospects out on loan to? Will it still work for the FA if there are limited opportunities for young English players to feed the national team? Will it still work for the Government if community bonding around football clubs is dissipated? In essence how much is the EFL and non-league structure valued?
The way things are is that there's a cost/risk analysis to be done by the various stakeholders in this situation.
The Government could decide that it's worth half a billion a year to support smaller clubs financially out of e.g. the Communities fund. The FA could decide on a financial restructuring that protects smaller clubs. Fans could have a say in it.
Bottom line is that we don't know how far it will go before some stakeholder or other decides to act.
We know enough!
The government won't spend money on something they don't even have a say in - the football bodies are the regulators, nor will they fund private business - they haven't bailed out the airlines for instance during Covid.
The country's got bigger urgent needs than bailing out clubs like Wigan, Bury, Charlton, Macclesfield and the like. If they can't financially sustain themselves, then that's their problem not the taxpayers.
The PL don't need the EFL - how many players jump from the EFL to the PL normally - very few.
The future for them is a European League and tv revenue, not tin pot clubs relying on match day income.
When somethings broke it doesn't mean that it needs fixing, it can also mean it's gone past its time and needs binning.
People will still play football, players will be scouted, loans will still be made but it doesn't mean that is limited to the EFL, it goes on internationally already, I think I'm right in saying that the majority of the players in the PL squads are non British - I am, see link below.https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11661/10725849/premier-league-has-highest-percentage-of-foreign-players-8211-uefa-report#:~:text=The%20club%20licencing%20benchmarking%20report,division%20(57.1%20per%20cent).
The creation of the PL broke the mould of English football and in a sense the industry is still coming to terms with that change.
There is no going back though, EFL clubs will have to adapt to the consequences of what has happened or go under - simple as that.