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Top 4 Won't Like New League Proposals - MON Does

Top 4 Won't Like New League Proposals - MON Does

Good heavens above, the Sky Top Four Lovies won't like this?

There are proposals by the Premier League to make the final (4th) spot for the Champions League a play off at the end of each season.

The proposal is to put 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th (quite why I couldn't have just said 4th-7th I'm not totally sure in truth!) in a play off similar to the play offs for promotion to the Premiership for Championship teams.

4th would play 7th, 5th would play... you can work that out can't you? Then the winners of both games would play a game at Wembley to decide the final spot for the Champions League.

Arsenal and Liverpool especially, you would imagine, won't like that, as it has been a virtual shut out in recent years...

Martin O'Neill has given the thumbs up to the idea. An article I read earlier said that the backing was quite high (they need 14) as you would expect, surely anyone but the top four teams would vote yes to this? Gives 'everyone' not fighting a relegation battle the chance of a slice of the massive money the awful (sorry, it is, it has bastardised our league and made finishing 4th 'success') CL brings.

MON told the official site, 'Actually I think it's quite interesting. I wouldn't knock it on the head immediately, particularly if we finish seventh! It really is kind of interesting. I know the teams that finish fourth would be kind of galled if that was the case.'

Would just be our luck to finish the first year this happens though wouldn't it?!

MON added, 'I only heard about in on Monday and I've just given it a wee bit of thought. It's interesting to see what the whole Premier League club-wise thought about it because it has to be 14 clubs. I would say outside the top sides I think people might go for it.'

Would certainly help shake up the middle order and the second tier of teams towards the top wouldn't it? Could be a real money spinner as well, down side I guess is more games with managers always saying the players have enough games to contend with already.

What do you think?


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday February 16 2010
Time: 4:48PM

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Apparently Moyes isn't a fan of the idea - depends on the views of the rest of the league. I like the concept, but as has been debated on our forum I'm not convinced the idea has been properly thought through. It could end up in us losing our 4th champions league spot, putting the whole thing back to square 1.
Gunnerman
16/02/2010 16:57:00
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Apparently Moyes isn't a fan of the idea - depends on the views of the rest of the league. I like the concept, but as has been debated on our forum I'm not convinced the idea has been properly thought through. It could end up in us losing our 4th champions league spot, putting the whole thing back to square 1.
Gunnerman
16/02/2010 16:57:00
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That was the only point against I could really come up with, as you say, we could potentially lose the 4th place if we do follow through, although I guess they'd only go ahead with the right permission. It is unfair in many ways, as are the play offs in the lower leagues, but on the flipside, they can be very exciting and might open things up a little.
The Fear
16/02/2010 17:03:00
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That was the only point against I could really come up with, as you say, we could potentially lose the 4th place if we do follow through, although I guess they'd only go ahead with the right permission. It is unfair in many ways, as are the play offs in the lower leagues, but on the flipside, they can be very exciting and might open things up a little.
The Fear
16/02/2010 17:03:00
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better way, as I've said numerous times in my CL rants, is to give the places to champions, so 1st in league, League Cup winners and FA Cup winners. Then maybe 2nd also. Used to be a competition for winners, now it is for also rans.
The Fear
16/02/2010 17:05:00
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better way, as I've said numerous times in my CL rants, is to give the places to champions, so 1st in league, League Cup winners and FA Cup winners. Then maybe 2nd also. Used to be a competition for winners, now it is for also rans.
The Fear
16/02/2010 17:05:00
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Dont like the idea myself and not just because i am an Arsenal fan. In the last 3 seasons Blackburn, Bolton & fulham have finished 7th and had this proposal been in place could of seen them in Europe. I dont see how anyone would benefit from those teams being in the competion except fans of those clubs. The CL which already has a rubbish Group stage would add another(posible) couple of average/poor teams making it easier for the big teams to win it, We would eventualy lose our 4th spot place because it works on co effieciences etc. A better solution would be for the FA cup winners to go head to head with 4th spot.
paul_ownz
16/02/2010 17:32:00
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Dont like the idea myself and not just because i am an Arsenal fan. In the last 3 seasons Blackburn, Bolton & fulham have finished 7th and had this proposal been in place could of seen them in Europe. I dont see how anyone would benefit from those teams being in the competion except fans of those clubs. The CL which already has a rubbish Group stage would add another(posible) couple of average/poor teams making it easier for the big teams to win it, We would eventualy lose our 4th spot place because it works on co effieciences etc. A better solution would be for the FA cup winners to go head to head with 4th spot.
paul_ownz
16/02/2010 17:32:00
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thats a bit shallow and selfish paul the big four are the big four because they get massive funds for champs League, who's to say blackburn, bolton and fulham couldnt improve ther whole structure with that financial backing and become the new 'arsenal' maybe?
claretandbluearmy
16/02/2010 17:54:00
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thats a bit shallow and selfish paul the big four are the big four because they get massive funds for champs League, who's to say blackburn, bolton and fulham couldnt improve ther whole structure with that financial backing and become the new 'arsenal' maybe?
claretandbluearmy
16/02/2010 17:54:00
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