Fans have been left outraged as a journalist suggests the Championship should become ‘PL Two’ and break away from EFL to attract audience it deserves.
The Guardian’s Louise Taylor says that it’s one way for the second tier to get the global attention it needs and for that to happen would be to slim down in a repackaged league system.
She explains how English football’s power brokers should be brave enough to rebrand the Championship, establishing itself on an infinitely bigger stage than its current platform.
Get ready for this, the report, which can be seen HERE, also states that “Championship clubs need to divorce themselves from the English Football League, slim down and join a neatly trimmed top flight in a glossily repackaged, two-division Premier League, renamed PL One and PL Two.”
She describes any team leaving the Premier League is like dropping off the edge of the world, and PL Two would change that, however potentially cause collateral damage to the leagues below it.
One question that Louise wrote got slammed on social media, she asks “Does League Two really need to be fully professional? Might it and the National League benefit from merging before splitting into northern and southern divisions? Should neighbouring clubs share grounds and training facilities?” Eek.
Another reason she stated to how PL Two would be beneficial was that it could awaken the much-diminished enthusiasm of many television and newspaper executives for English football’s lower leagues.
Only the Premier League and Bundesliga seem to be pulling bigger attendances than the Championship, a division which she feels is hiding it’s skill and excitement in plain sight.
In breaking the second tier of English football away from the EFL, she would then want the league reduced to an 18-club, 34-game format instead of the 24-club, 46-game system.
The Guardian writer’s says by doing this, it will enhance the quality of domestic football while facilitating a proper winter break that would not jeopardise the FA Cup.
The inclusion of PL Two would see a joint TV deal – ensuring fairer wealth distribution – with some of that being filtered into the EFL.
She ended her article by saying: “It cannot be right that the Championship has a £595m, five-year EFL deal with Sky but BT and Sky enjoy a collective £4.55bn, three-year agreement with the Premier League. No wonder second-tier chairmen feel their division’s broadcast value is chronically undervalued and the gap disproportionate.”
So, after reading that the Championship should break away from EFL, fans gave their reaction, and the majority were far from happy…
Certain sections of the media (along with the EPL, greedy players and agents) are just as much to blame for killing football when articles like this rear their very UGLY head.
The clamor for money at upper levels is the silent killer. Idea is horrible at best, disgusting 1/2
— Pandamonium Fanzine (@Pandamonium1881) February 7, 2020
2/2 at worst and should even have “air time”.
Can no-one see that the attractive way to “re-brand” football is by keeping historic roots and embracing the beautiful game across the country for the many and not the few, those few being cash hungry clubs with no respect for others
— Pandamonium Fanzine (@Pandamonium1881) February 7, 2020
Guardian calls for financial oblivion of 40 English clubs.
— Jamie ⚔️ ? Burrow or we riot (@trequartbeasta) February 6, 2020
What an appalling article. I wonder which Championship chief executives have been whispering in the Guardian’s ear? As previously suggested, let the big six breakaway and join their Euro Super League, and let the rest of us get on with proper football.
— Reverend Jim (@revpafc) February 6, 2020
Presumably people such as Louise who digest their football through TV couldn’t give a stuff about lower league football. 49 clubs have been in PL & her proposals would prevent this diversity in the future as only metropolitan elite of clubs would be full time. Shameful ideas
— PriceOfFootball (@KieranMaguire) February 7, 2020
That's awful, actually shameful writing.
— Rob (@OakalyDokaly) February 6, 2020
What an appalling idea! The EFL derives its strength from being part of a pyramid of feeder leagues. Why do journalists who have no feeling for the history and diversity of the English game try and commoditise it . That’s what’s ruined the premiership for most true fans.Shameful.
— Jonathan (@jonatha086297) February 6, 2020
Completely out of touch.
— Mark G (@mjgelder) February 6, 2020
I think instead of trying to market itself as prem 2 just be itself. Maybe the prem has too much money and too much power. How about we stop that league trying to gather every penny in the universe instead.
— Jack Cuthbert (@JackCuthbert) February 6, 2020
In no uncertain terms, do one.
— Lewis Kingston (@TheLKingston) February 6, 2020
‘Journalist’ for a ‘media outlet’ says ‘England’s second tier, the Championship has been under-reported by a national media in thrall to the top flight’ and blames @EFL not herself and her media buddies. Give me strength…
— Keith Morton (@morton5275) February 6, 2020
Best we pretend this wasn't ever suggested.
— Cameron Cairns (@CameronCairns87) February 6, 2020
Surprised a Guardian journalist even realises there is football below (or before) the Premier League
— Mark Waters ?? (@leytonorient) February 6, 2020
League Two going semi-pro puts hundreds of footballers out of work. Hundreds, maybe thousands of local businesses damaged as crowds in the semi-pro 4th tier dwindle. And towns & cities up and down the land deprived of "football in the community" initiatives. Get in the bin.
— Mike McKenna (@MikeMcKenna_) February 6, 2020
How much did the @premierleague pay you to write this article? This is the worst possible route English football could go down. We have the most competitive pyramid in the world. That should be celebrated not dumped in the bin so the rich few can get even richer…
— Peter Howe (@phathowe) February 7, 2020
Appalling idea . How about equal rights for the top 4 leagues ? Just as good football in league 2 as in the prem . Just never gets televised
— Matty list (@CcfcMat87) February 6, 2020