Following the decision yesterday at the EFL AGM that will see Premier League Academy teams invited to enter the ‘EFL Trophy’ (more recently the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy) for season 2016-17, the PST wishes to advise its members that we strongly opposed this change.
Our views were shared with Portsmouth Football Club and CEO Mark Catlin voted against the proposal. Unfortunately other teams did not share our view and the proposal was approved.
CEO Mark Catlin, said - “A number of clubs, including myself representing Portsmouth FC, argued strongly against the introduction of 16 X Cat 1 (Academy) Premier League clubs entering the EFL Trophy. After this debate a vote was held where a simple majority of L1 and L2 clubs was required for a one year pilot to take place. Despite ourselves and a number of other clubs voting against the proposals the majority voted in favour."
PST Chairman Ashley Brown feels the decision could have longer term consequences. He said “The immediate impact of the decision might not appear to be too disruptive for Pompey and other League 1 and 2 clubs in the short term. The real concern is what it might invite in the future and the PST will continue to fight to maintain the traditional Football League pyramid system. Keeping the ‘B’ teams out of the newly titled ‘EPL Trophy’ is an important stand to make and I hope it can be reversed after this season”.
The PST will continue to monitor the situation and share its views with the main club board through its 3 representatives – Ashley Brown, John Kimbell and Mark Trapani.
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