This thread is suddenly going to be much busier this year .
For whoever it was asking for it, here is a link to the overall retained lists in the Football League.
Elsewhere, Dr. Xia has passed the fit-and-proper persons test and is the new Aston Villa owner.persons test and is the new owner of Aston Villa.
The announcement of the revamped tournament sort of flew under the radar as in typical FA incompetent fashion, they announced it on the opening day of Euro 2016.
The tournament has now been restructured to feature 64 teams, the 48 teams from League One and Two and 16 U21 teams from teams with Category One academies, which are:
Arsenal Chelsea Everton Leicester Liverpool Man City Middlesborough Newcastle Southampton Stoke City Sunderland Swansea Spurs WBA West Ham TBC (since Man Utd declined to participate) These teams will have to play six U21 players in their teams throughout the tournament.
Group Stage rules
Sixteen groups of 4 teams will be organised on a regionalised basis. All groups will include one invited club and at least one club from each of Leagues One and Two. All clubs will play each other once, either home or away. Invited clubs will play one home game at the club's first team stadium. Clubs will be awarded 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. In the event of a drawn game (after 90 minutes), a penalty shootout will be held with the winning team earning an additional point. The top two teams will progress to the Knockout Stage. I've been saying for years that the League Cup should have been U21 or U23 for PL teams for years, so I'm quite interested to see how this format works out and whether it opens up any opportunities for academy players to force their way into first team contention.
The Football League has introduced new measures to increase the number of black and ethnic minority managers in a move that has been endorsed by Dan Rooney, the architect of the rule that bears his name in the US. The involvement of the Pittsburgh Steelers owner, who supported the plans in a video shown to the 72 clubs before they voted to back the proposals, is a coup for the Football League chairman, Greg Clarke, who came under fire last year when he rejected calls to introduce the Rooney rule and hit out at the “shrill voices” of “vested interests”. The Football League launched a review in October 2014 in a bid to improve diversity and encourage more black and ethnic minority candidates for coaching and management jobs. At present, there are just five across all 72 clubs. Under the new proposals it will be mandatory for Football League clubs to interview at least one Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) candidate for all youth development roles that require at least a Uefa B licence. Clubs will also agree to adopt a voluntary recruitment code for first team managers under which they will agree to interview at a least one BAME candidate for any managerial or coaching position except in the specific instance of an individual being recruited from another club on terms agreed between the two parties. --- The Blackpool chairman, Karl Oyston, has admitted to five breaches of Football Association rules for a text message exchange in which he called a supporter of the club “a retard”. The FA first opened an inquiry into Oyston’s conversations with Stephen Smith last December and followed that up by bringing a charge against him in March. Oyston denied that charge one month later and challenged it as “unlawful”, a claim which the governing body last week announced was dismissed by an arbitral tribunal. Now, the FA has confirmed a hearing on the matter will take place next Tuesday. Oyston’s attempt to quash the FA’s charge centred on his argument that his exchange with Smith was a private one and should therefore be exempt from its rules. However, a tribunal rejected that notion and gave the FA the green light to continue with disciplinary proceedings against the 47-year-old. Oyston has been charged with using “abusive and/or insulting words”, with reference to disability, which amounts to five breaches of FA rule E3. It was that rule which the former Wigan chairman Dave Whelan breached when he made comments to the Guardian regarding Jewish people and the Jewish Telegraph regarding Chinese people as he attempted to defend the controversial appointment of Malky Mackay. Whelan’s punishment included a six-week ban from all football-related activity, a £50,000 fine and a mandatory education programme. Oyston’s run-in with Smith occurred after the chairman’s mobile number was posted on a social media website. The chairman later apologised for the content of the texts in a statement published on the club’s website and stressed he had regretted responding to personal abuse. --- Also, I now need a Football League team to support this year!
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