Tiger Fight, October 8th, Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano said that even before the coronavirus crisis, the English Football League (EFL) was not a sustainable industry. He hinted that now It's time to consider restructuring, including the introduction of Team B.
Many EFL clubs were forced to close their stadiums under the influence of the epidemic in March, and then they basically suffered a certain degree of financial crisis. After the increase in the number of new outbreaks in the United Kingdom this month, the hope of fans returning to the stadium has become slim. For these clubs, they have also begun to feel hopeless.
As early as 2016, EFL-owned clubs voted against the establishment of their own B team by Premier League clubs, but after this incident, these so-called B teams (that is, reserve teams) joined the EFL Cup game, and this is for the top For young people who have debuted in youth training, they still need an external rental system to gain more experience and development opportunities.
But Soriano said at the Sports Business Leaders Conference Week: "One of the huge challenges and problems is that EFL is not a sustainable thing."
"They have been discussing how to improve themselves, including discussing salary caps and so on. But now, because of this epidemic, they have been forced to go to Liangshan and forced to solve these problems. This is a good opportunity for everyone. Different elements of the football career come together to solve these problems."
"There are many other problems, such as because the rules of the England B team have not been allowed, so those young players who need to develop have suffered a lot of challenges.
"This is very annoying, right? This is a problem that we need to solve. The crisis brought about by the epidemic may give us the opportunity to push us to unite to solve these problems."
In response to Soriano’s remarks, the topic of #bteamboycott began to be hotly discussed on Twitter. The secretary of state, Jonathan Reynolds, responsible for work and pension affairs, said: "I am totally opposed to this, football league The depth and competitiveness of the team is a huge force. The establishment of the B team system will ruin everything."
为了回应Soriano的言论，＃bteamboycott的话题开始在Twitter上被热烈讨论。国务卿乔纳森·雷诺兹（Jonathan Reynolds）负责工作和养老金事务，他说：“我完全反对足球联赛。球队的深度和竞争力是一支巨大的力量。建立B队体系将破坏一切。 ”
Soriano said that the number of matches in the English professional league also needs attention, and he is "very disappointed" by the Premier League's decision to change from 5 substitutes to 3 substitutes in the 2020/21 season. "It's very easy, especially now that we have to play so many games," Soriano said. After the 2019/20 season rematch, the Premier League was allowed to replace five substitutes.
"There is a discussion about the issue of competitive balance, and the result is that the Premier League is the only five major league that does not allow five players to replace." In my opinion, this is an example of what problems we have. "Soriano defended the club’s costs during the summer transfer window, including the transfers of defenders Nathan Aker and Ruben Dias. According to reports, the transfer fee totaled more than 100 million pounds.
"In the end, if you believe that we believe that the new crown epidemic is only something that will pass after a period of time, then we must continue our business, we must continue our business." He said. "We believe that the team's revenue will pick up. The team is the engine of our business-if we can't play football well, we have no business to do. We can't deny it, we can't avoid it. We have to take some risks. . We believe that the risks we take are very reliable."
At present, the English Football League refused to make any comment on the remarks of Manchester City CEO Soriano.