Millwall boss blasts "nonsense" FA plan for B-team league

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THE Football Association's B-team plan has been described as "nonsense" by Millwall manager Ian Holloway.

An FA commission, headed by chairman Greg Dyke, last week suggested creating a new division in the Football League for Premier League reserve players.

League Three could be established within two years and would be made up of ten clubs from the Conference and ten top-flight B teams.



The suggestions laid out in Dyke's report are targeted at boosting the number of home-grown players in the English league system.

Dyke believes his plan will see more players qualify for the national team in the future.

But Holloway has accused the former Brentford chairman of "not understanding the real issues" at stake in the game.



"It's rubbish," Holloway said. "The Premier League call the shots and the Premier League wants B teams – so Greg Dyke is trying to give them what they want. It will never work.

"The lower-league pyramid is already being killed bit by bit with the new rules on youth development.

"Do they really think young kinds playing in League Three will then play for England? Are you serious? They don't even pick anyone from the Championship!

"Dyke has got no chance of pulling this off and I don't think he understands the real issues.

"The way to produce young players for England is to stop the big clubs stacking and racking them in the first place.

"The reason big clubs want League Three is because they hoover up all the young players but have nowhere to play them.

"I don't understand the point of it. The Premier League might as well loan their young players to Bristol Rovers now that they're in the Conference.

"How can you play at that level and then go and play for England? I don't understand what Dyke is talking about – I find it totally embarrassing.

"How on earth is that going to help our players? There won't by any fans there watching, it won't be competitive and the games won't mean anything."

Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are among the clubs who support Dyke's B-team plan.

But Holloway believes the influence held by the Premier League over English football has become too great.

"For our old First Division to become the all-powerful and all-mighty Premier League, which is a separate organisation, should never have been allowed to happen," he said.

"Not in a million years.

"You've got billionaires with boat-loads of money making themselves richer and richer by writing their own rules all the time and it's wrong. It's an absolute load of nonsense.

"The Premier League should be part of the Football League – not separate – but the teams at the top call the shots.

"If I get a parking ticket, I can't ask the council to overlook it – but that's what they do at the top, they make their own rules.

"The people that vote on these decisions are the people making the decisions, so they are making themselves stronger.

"We've got no control over them whatsoever and it's absolute nonsense.

"The Premier League are a law unto themselves. If we're worried about the England team, why didn't the Premier League put rules in beforehand?

"It's too late now – the horse has bolted. Football in this country will never go back to how it was because the brand of the Premier League is so strong."

The Football League have said that Dyke's proposals are "not acceptable in their current form."

Lions chief executive Andy Ambler, who is a member of the Football League board, added: "Everybody wants the England team to be as strong as it can be.

"However, personally, I disagree with the B-team idea. Just because they have got it in Spain and Germany, that doesn't mean it will work within our pyramid system.

"What worries me about Dyke's report is that there are some good ideas in there, but they might all be thrown out because of this one."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

30 thoughts on “Millwall boss blasts "nonsense" FA plan for B-team league

  • May 15, 2014 at 11:26
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    Ridicolous all I can say who wants to see premiership B teams really?isnt it enought the main teams are always on the telly and in the news?and their wages are surely not going to be of a lower league?

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  • May 15, 2014 at 11:27
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    spot on ollie! dyke doesn't know his a*** from his elbow. it's embarrassing ffs! people like him shouldn't even be associated with football.

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  • May 15, 2014 at 11:28
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    What a load of rubbish, you are correct Ollie, get some sense FA, etc.

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    • May 15, 2014 at 13:07
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      @BUSHWACKER14: i allready thought there was a b league..its called the skybet championship ...how many young prem players go on loan to our league..last year we had the spurs kid ..wed had c wickham & ofobe the list goes on

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  • May 15, 2014 at 11:28
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    The Premiership already play B teams in the cup competitions. We don't need to bow to this mob.

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  • May 15, 2014 at 12:01
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    No comparison with Spain & Germany where there's only half a dozen 'top' clubs between them !

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  • May 15, 2014 at 12:02
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    Couldn't have put it any better myself Ollie. Well said.

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  • May 15, 2014 at 12:07
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    How true Ollie, talking common sense again, the downfall of Football started when all PREMIERSHIP CLUBS,
    Decided to keep all Gate Money and not share it with the away side, GREEDY BARSTEWARDS, Our Millwall turn up at Old Trafford, and don't get a penny. Your not going to tell me that's fair. That's why they want bigger stadiums. That is why a good cup run helps spread the money 30% each, (2 clubs & FA) we will never see another Wimbledon, Watford. Greedy Big Boys

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  • May 15, 2014 at 12:24
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    My exact view when i saw it on sky sports the other day....

    Adding to this.... It says the B Teams cant get promoted to the Championship.... So what if Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea B teams come top?? The League One teams will be playing against players who once reach top of League 1 cant go any further so they will loose passion and fight....

    To be fair some fans will think its great they will see the big clubs come to their clubs to play, but lets have it right no premiership fans will turn up so atmosphere would be dull....

    Will it be good for our national sides future?? Maybe?? But I seriously think its offensive to every club/supporter in the football league...

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  • May 15, 2014 at 12:39
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    This is how week and feeble the FA are:

    I wrote to the FA a while ago protesting about the high salaries players are getting and pricing out the real fans of football clubs. With the likes of Roonie and Co. earning in excess of £250,000 per week I explained that how can these players be ‘hungry’ for the game and want to give their all for England. Football is being priced out of the supporters’ pocket.

    Their response was that that if they did not allow this then they would go abroad.

    I wrote back again saying that this is the same excuse bankers use to justify giving their directors huge bonuses and would they really find that they would earn more abroad? I doubt it. I also said that if the FA took a stance on huge wage rises perhaps European teams would follow suite - it takes a leader.

    Their response was that it’s a matter for FIFA.

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  • May 15, 2014 at 12:48
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    As soon as dyke came out with it on SS news i fort wot a load of old b*******..the fact people were entertaining the idea.not one person publicly said it was cobblers untill now..perhaps others in football0 will back IH..

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  • May 15, 2014 at 13:02
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    It works in Spain and Germany because outside of the top division their leagues are so weak. Why not just re-instate the reserve league or Combination league as was and even strengthen or expand it? Teams without the budget to run two teams can opt out, those who want can compete in a shadow league with promotion and relegation. or is that too simple?

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    • May 15, 2014 at 16:31
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      @Adsy77777: I could never understand why the Football Combination was discontinued. As you say if some clubs don't want to run two teams they can opt out. Surely it would also helps clubs like us to give our squad players who don't play regularly much needed competitive football. It could also be used to give players returning from injury match practice.

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  • May 15, 2014 at 13:47
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    Ollie speaking real sense the blokes no clown he is a passionate football man and he is spot on....well said Ollie.

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  • May 15, 2014 at 15:09
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    Well said Ollie. Ridiculous idea by the FA.

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  • May 15, 2014 at 15:20
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    Instead of having a b league. Every top class player should at some point play in u21 games that way the youngsters can improve their game rather than playing argainst one another

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  • May 15, 2014 at 15:34
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    They need to place restrictions on how many players teams can have. I'm sick of prem teams buying up all the youth, not playing them and then loaning them out to us and the other 'lower' league teams.

    If a team doesn't give a player a chance in first team they should be released from their contract and be free to join a team who will actually play them.

    As for b league absolutely terrible idea. Prem can f*** off and make their own league and stop interfering with football league, you wanted to be separate from us so stay separate you money grabbing b*******.

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    • May 15, 2014 at 16:50
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      @MFC Lion: truly couldnt agree with you more , maybe someone should plug in Mr Dyke & let him know there are more than 38 clubs in English football, the Championship being the 4th most watched league in Europe !!

      I believe the FA should restrict these on loan players (remember 2 seasons ago Watford fielded 9) say arsenal can loan only 3 players out per season & at the same time the parent club say Millwall can only have 3 loan players per season, this would have the possibility of youngsters wanting & trying to establish themselves at championship clubs & below.

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      • May 15, 2014 at 17:27
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        @Jingles: something along those lines sounds good to me.

        If players truly want to play they will sign for a lower league team and get match experience and improve. Or they can go for the money and sit in the prem reserves and never play and look for a new career.

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  • May 15, 2014 at 17:23
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    Maybe that the end game, two leagues with two teams from each club.

    Freezing out any threat to a monopoly.

    When the FA ( the so called guardians of the national game) created the premier league!, the FL should have had the cojones to state you can go but you can't come back.
    For those of longer years that's exactly what Alan Hardaker would have done.

    Despicable, good on ya Olly!

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  • May 15, 2014 at 17:51
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    The premier is primarily as business and secondly a football club. Like any business it needs to make money . It also needs to protect its assets and its future. I dont agree with their methods or principals, but how many millwall supporters would swap with man city for their riches? You are fighting a losing battle with the premiership twatz when you realise that fulham and qpr (both championship) have wage bills that exceed Atletico Madrids. Oh that would be the european championship finalist.The second tier of football isall we can realistically expect . The only way to make the premiership pay for smaller clubs is to do what wba have done. Up and down like a yoyo without spending masses of cash. COYL

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  • May 15, 2014 at 18:36
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    I think it will just generate more tv sponsorship and money for the premier league and the likes of the championship and so forth loosing out on televised games cause the city's and United's want more coverage. ..... f%$€'m.......

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  • May 15, 2014 at 18:41
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    The only reason England haven't won anything for all these years is down to bad luck, inability to score from 12 yards and a succession of managers who are too concerned with avoiding defeat rather than going out to win a game. We hear this sh*te every generation. Dutch football, French football, Spanish football, German football etc., and all of the 'more technically gifted' bollx. Germans have won fk all for 19 years now, Dutch never won fk all, France had their golden generation, Spain having theirs. Can you imagine Raheem Sterling playing against League Two full backs at 18? They would've broken him beyond repair.

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  • May 15, 2014 at 19:10
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    The only way that young players are ever going to get to play first team football is to stay away from PL teams. There should be a cap of wages for players under 21 to allow us/others to compete with PL teams and with the promise of first team football we would stand a better chance. We should not be ripping up our football league structure to enhance PL teams. Completely bang out of order. If young players want to play first team football forget the wages and play for clubs lower down the leagues. Surely that is an easier fix than all this rubbish.

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  • May 15, 2014 at 23:09
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    whats wrong with 1234 vauxhall conference

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  • May 16, 2014 at 00:36
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    AMF

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  • May 16, 2014 at 00:58
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    Ollie got it spot on, players dont even get picked from the championship 2 play 4 England. So i dont see how reserve players playing in div 3 will stand a chance. How about all the prem clubs that r over crowded by reserve players release them on a free 2 championship clubs 🙂

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  • May 16, 2014 at 11:25
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    thats what the premier clubs do now - they buy every youngster & then loan them out to Championship & lower division clubs - to be truthful its a catalogue of things that Dyke should look at - agents are one thing , should all be shot - as said earlier i think loan players should be banned but thats not going to happen so to restrict the amount of players a team can loan out & at the say time how many loaan players a team can have per season, i think this would result in teams not taking on so many youngsters & also youngsters not wanting to join the bigger clubs straight away , i can never see the point in any youngster joining arsenal for instance - no chance

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  • May 17, 2014 at 02:36
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    Really interesting situation playing out in south australia at the moment, different code and different circumstances to that in the uk but interesting. Saust has 2 afl sides, port adelaide and the adelaide crows. This season both port and the crows decided after much debate to create reserve sides using their excess players and slot them into the 140 year old established sanfl comp. basically you have 2professional teams playing against 8 other semi professional teams in the same comp, it's a long winded argument so I won't bore you with the details and as i said, different situations to those being discussed here but potentially very destabilising and dangerous consequences in the future . Seems to be a product of the big wheels turning.

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    • May 17, 2014 at 02:40
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      @grassgrower: I should add that in the past, both port and the crows had spread their excess players throughout the other sanfl clubs but figured it was better to suit their needs now to consolidate them thus requiring a comp to play in.

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