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Brian Caldwell on Whole Game Solution

7 September 2016

CEO gives his thoughts on the EFL's plans

Earlier this year the EFL announced plans to look at changing the league structure from 2019.
The plans included introducing eight new teams into the EFL and creating four leagues of 20 teams to sit under the Premier League, making a total of 100 clubs across five divisions.
Last week was the deadline for clubs to give feedback on the proposals and ShrewsWeb spoke to CEO Brian Caldwell about the process so far.
"There's not been a great deal of detail if I'm honest," said Brian.
"They have sent an email to have a think about some various points, if they were extending the league where would we want the clubs coming from, where would be not want the clubs coming from."
"Me personally, I don't think it's vastly wrong what we're doing now. Having only been here for six months that is certainly my impression, it's not broken so why fix it?"

Last season showed just how competitive the league structure is with Town facing a number of larger clubs at League One level and Brian believes it will be difficult to get all the clubs to agree.
"Just look at the clubs in League One,” Brian continued.
“Look at us and the attendances we get and we're probably halfway in the league, but there's some big clubs in League One as we know ourselves and it's very competitive. Even in League Two you've got clubs like Portsmouth too, so it's a very competitive league.”
“I don't think the EFL will ever get agreement on the way forward to try and change the format, because it's very difficult to get everybody to agree to anything I would suggest, because everyone’s got different agendas."


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