Football League unveil plans to restructure the English pyramid

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Football League bosses have released plans to have a major revamp of the English football pyramid.

Chiefs have unveiled the proposal to create a fifth division by 2019 which would see 100 clubs, rather than the current 92.

They believe that these new plans would ease fixture congestion by getting rid of almost all midweek fixtures in the lower leagues.


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However, for it to get the go ahead, 90% of the 72 Football League club must be in favour of the proposal and a decision will be made in June 2017.

Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey explained the thought process behind it.

“Fixture congestion has been a major issue for the Football League for some time and we have had a lot of spats regarding the scheduling of so many games,” he told BBC Sport.

“So we are asking clubs to consider a new set-up which will comprise the Premier League in its current format and four divisions of 20 teams.

“We have already spoken with the FA and with the Premier League and the support is there in principle. They can see the benefits of this proposal.

“To extend the membership of the Football League needs the approval of 90 per cent of our members, which means 65 of the 72 clubs.

“At the moment we don’t know if we have 100 per cent support for this idea or none at all,” he added.

While it’s unclear what the football clubs think of this proposal at this current stage, fans have taken to Twitter to express their anger at the idea. Look at some of the best tweets below:

However, there seems to be a few - albeit the minority - that actually like the idea.

The main points that the Football League wanted to address are:

- Ensure more games are played on weekends and Bank Holidays;
- Remove fixture congestion and clashes;
- Help Football League clubs make more money;
- Keep the play-off finals on the last weekend of the domestic season.

If given the green light, relegation from the Football League would be scrapped in the 2018-19 to help implement the structure for the following campaign.

When asked where the extra eight teams would come from, Harvey said: "The logical place for the extra clubs to come from would be promoting the next six teams from the National League.”

"Some of those teams are already professional and the extension to the league may suit them."

However, he didn’t rule out the involvement of Rangers and Celtic from the Scotland but admitted it would be “difficult.”

While the initial reaction on social media has been largely negative, Harvey is hoping the move will benefit the supporters and it’s something they will appreciate.

"There a hardcore of fans who are more than happy to go length and breadth of the country," he added.

"But I think less games will make the Saturday at a stadium more special and more important.

"It is going to be interesting to see how fans accept this. I'm hopeful it will be positive."

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