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John Fenty: "Revamped Football League Trophy Competition Hasn't Worked"

7 April 2017

GRIMSBY Town director John Fenty thinks that that the revamped Football League Trophy has not worked.

He also believes things needs to change if the competition is to be a success in the future.

Speaking to, he said: "I certainly don’t think the competition has been successful, and talking it up has been foolhardy. 

“There has clearly been unrest and there’s been a massive rejection from the fans.

“It does seem that the EFL are burying their heads in the sand.”

He continued: “The objective of the proposals was to assist the English game, to enable the Premier League clubs to blood youngsters in a men’s competition .

“It was suppose to be Under 21's which the EFL changed, without reference back to the clubs, to include Under 23's - plus five over-age players, which could include foreign players. That didn’t accord with what clubs agreed, bizarrely. 

“If the Premier League aren’t interested in making the competition work, we need to go back to the way it was. The competition hasn’t worked and something needs to change," he added. 

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