If football fans and pundits alike are looking for a revamp of a game that is largely seen as prehistoric, with technology having been so far shunned, why should a tournament that is often refereed to as the world oldest cup competition not also be altered?
The money that comes with staying in the Premier League, and winning and qualifying for the Champions League means the cup has been somewhat neglected by even the biggest sides of English football.
From the moment Manchester United decided to toe The Football Association’s agenda all the way to Brazil, and thereby bypass their place in the FA Cup, the competition that was full of so much prestige, lost some of it’s gravitas.
Weakened teams have since followed, which while the shocks have increased, the desire from the big sides to take the competition seriously has subsided.
So instead of sweeping the decline of the importance of the carpet, The FA should move to sweep the importance of the competition, and negotiate a deal with the Premier League to grant a Champions League spot for those who win the FA Cup.
Those concerned with English football’s place in European competition, worried that this rule will mean one of the countries poorer sides will be left in the Europa League, instead of at Europe’s top table, then that isn’t the purpose of the exercise.
Improving the seriousness at which the biggest sides take the competition would be the main aim of the insertion of the place.
The biggest problem for The FA would be convincing the Premier League into altering the way Champions League places are distributed; a tough ask.
Having handed more control to the league during the week, ruining the Premier League’s stranglehold on the Champions League would be a near impossible job. You can’t imagine the leagues current members coming to an agreement.
The grander point here is that The FA should have the power available to them to overrule the Premier League and introduce rules like this when they see fit.
The dominance of the country’s four biggest clubs, means any rulings that could diminish their power will never get off the ground, regardless of whether it could improve the game or not.
Any reclaiming of power might be tough now, given recent events and The FA’s reputation, but the Premier League have to be more open minded if the game is to make strides.
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