He is convinced that money and the disastrous financial implications relegation from the Premier League can bring is ruining the game.
Bell told PA Sport: "Apart from the top three or four clubs, everyone starts the season thinking about the amount of points they need to avoid relegation. In my day, no-one even began to worry about that until January. But back then, relegation did not have quite the same catastrophic effect on clubs as it does today."
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