Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt has put forward plans to add Premier League B teams to the EFL as ‘total absurdity.’
Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano has raised the possibility that top flight B teams can be part of a reorganization of divisions under the Premier League
Soriano claims that the EFL has not been sustainable at the moment as he feels before the coronaviral pandemic and the ensuing financial difficulties faced by the clubs.
He said at Leaders Week:
“The EFL (is), an organization that isn’t sustainable enough, is one of the challenges.
“We spoke about how to change it and spoke about wage limits. Now they were kind of forced, almost forced, to fix the latest crisis problems. This is a good opportunity to put together and address these issues for the various elements of the soccer business.
“There are other problems; we have a development gap of boys who are 17 or 18 and who do not find the right place for development, the challenges of developing players in England, where B teams are not permitted, are taken away from us, for example by German teams who try and sell them for a fee 10 times the amount they are paying.
The idea of adding Premier League B teams to EFL has flown all over for years, first proposed in 2014 by former FA president Greg Dyke and since 2016, Premier League Under-21 compete in the EFL Trophy.
Bolton chief Evatt has answered the suggestions and believes that the proposal is ‘total nonsense’ and that a ‘founding’ aspect of British culture and cultures is being taken away.