The League Cup could feature the under-23 teams of Premier League clubs to aid in player development and to ease the competition load on the teams in Europe, claims EFL chief Rick Parry … rather than the competition to be deleted altogether
- The League Cup could feature a number of Under 23 teams in the future, says Rick Parry
- Controversial Project Big Picture proposals include the abolition of the League Cup
- Top clubs rejected PBP, which was developed by Liverpool and Man United
- The future of the second domestic knockout match remains a matter of debate
According to EFL Chairman Rick Parry, the League Cup could feature a number of Under 23 teams in the future to aid in player development and ease the competition burden on clubs in Europe.
The controversial Project Big Picture proposals that leaked in October that received public support from Parry included the League Cup scrapping along with some other major calendar changes, such as the reduction of the Premier League to 18 clubs.
Top clubs soon rejected PBP, which had been developed by Liverpool and Manchester United, and was criticized for trying to concentrate power in the hands of the top flight’s ‘Big Six’ clubs, in favor of continuing with the company’s own strategic assessment. competition.
The League Cup could feature a number of Under 23 teams in the future, says EFL Chairman Rick Parry
But the future of the second domestic knockout match remains the subject of heated debate.
Parry says there are “ a myriad of possibilities ” with regard to the competition, with the game set to undergo a major overhaul at European level from 2024, but said the scrapping was far from a certainty.
He told PA news agency: ‘It doesn’t mean we should be in an environment where clubs in Europe don’t compete at all, maybe we can see under 23 teams participate as they are looking for more competitive matches to develop. players.
The future of the second domestic knockout competition remains the subject of fierce debate – Manchester City are the current League Cup holders (pictured)
Maybe other teams in the Premier League that are not in Europe will want to (continue to) participate, maybe it will be a competition for EFL only, that’s all completely speculative.
But we have to be realistic in recognizing that if we have 24 dates on the European calendar, there will be challenges.
League Cups have been under threat in Europe for a long time. I think we are now the only country that has a second domestic (knockout) competition, they are not very popular with UEFA, our European place has been lowered.
‘So I think with the 2024 changes to the European league there would always be a discussion about the League Cup, there is no doubt about that.’
UEFA chairman Aleksander Ceferin said in March that it would be ‘better for everyone’ if the competition was dropped.
Premier League club U23 teams could participate in the League Cup to ease the match load