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By Les Roberts
Last updated : 15 February 2010

 

Obviosuly, any such plan would not be implemented this term but, having first mooted the plan earlier this month, Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore is to present clubs with further details of the plan in April.
It is thought that the idea has stemmed from a need to make the Premier League more competitive but it's more likely that the real reason is to shoe-horn in more games at the end of the season after the, now-infamous, 39th game plan was met with such hostility.
Should a Football League-style play-off system be implemented then what's to stop the Premier League hawking the final off to some Middle Eastern-enclave, thereby getting their 39th game plan in via the back door?
That said, it's a far more workable idea than some randomly generated fixtures getting played in Dubai.
Speaking of Dubai, why is it that when anyone is going to Dubai they feel the need to tell everyone within in a 20-mile radius?
They either insist on slipping the fact that they're going to 'DUBAI' - which they say very loudly - into every conversation they have else they just talk of nothing else by the fact that they're going to 'DUBAI'.
And they're even worse once they get back and insist on telling you every boring detail of their time in 'DUBAI'!
Anyway, unlike the 39th game, when the play-off proposals were floated they were met with with enthusiam by all but four top flight clubs...anyone care to guess who the dissenting voices belonged to?
It's strange though that Liverpool, undoubtedly a team in decline, were one of the malcontent's as surely this would keep their Champions League hopes alive as other clubs eclipse them in the league.
And one Premier League cynic has already said that it's odd that the idea is being floated in the very season that Liverpool's claim on fourth place - for it is their's! - is being seriously challenged by a number of clubs!
Whilst, on the face of it, it's quite an exciting proposal, it's obviously got more holes in it than Emmanuel Adebayor's hand luggage...come on it was over a month ago!
And don't tell me you never smirked at the texts you were getting about five minutes after the story broke on the news!
Anyway, potential snags include how to format the play off system ie. would it be a home and away two-legged semi final like the current Football League play offs or would it be a one-off semi-final at a neutral (foreign?) venue more akin to the FA Cup knock out system?
And, how would the games fit in at the end of what is already perceived to a be a congested fixture schedule?
Then there's the idea of seeding.
If a seeding system is implemented then this will mean that the play off would be weighted in favour of the current top four cartel and this would show up the Premier League plan for what it really is...another-television-rights-selling-money-making-scheme!
Why don't we just give up now?

Obviosuly, any such plan would not be implemented this term but, having first mooted the plan earlier this month, Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore is to present clubs with further details of the plan in April.

It is thought that the idea has stemmed from a need to make the Premier League more competitive but it's more likely that the real reason is to shoe-horn in more games at the end of the season after the, now-infamous, 39th game plan was met with such hostility.

Should a Football League-style play-off system be implemented then what's to stop the Premier League hawking the final off to some Middle Eastern-enclave, thereby getting their 39th game plan in via the back door?

That said, it's a far more workable idea than some randomly generated fixtures getting played in Dubai.

Speaking of Dubai, why is it that when anyone is going to Dubai they feel the need to tell everyone within in a 20-mile radius?

They either insist on slipping the fact that they're going to 'DUBAI' - which they say very loudly - into every conversation they have else they just talk of nothing else by the fact that they're going to 'DUBAI'.

And they're even worse once they get back and insist on telling you every boring detail of their time in 'DUBAI'!

Look, I know it's got a seven star hotel and I really don't give a fuck!

Anyway, unlike the 39th game, when the play-off proposals were floated they were met with with enthusiam by all but four top flight clubs...anyone care to guess who the dissenting voices belonged to?

It's strange though that Liverpool, undoubtedly a team in decline, were one of the malcontent's as surely this would keep their Champions League hopes alive as other clubs eclipse them in the league.

And one Premier League cynic has already said that it's odd that the idea is being floated in the very season that Liverpool's claim on fourth place - for it is their's! - is being seriously challenged by a number of clubs!

Whilst, on the face of it, it's quite an exciting proposal, it's obviously got more holes in it than Emmanuel Adebayor's hand luggage...come on it was over a month ago!
And don't tell me you never smirked at the texts you were getting about five minutes after the story broke on the news!

Anyway, potential snags include how to format the play off system ie. would it be a home and away two-legged semi final like the current Football League play offs or would it be a one-off semi-final at a neutral (foreign?) venue more akin to the FA Cup knock out system?

And, how would the games fit in at the end of what is already perceived to a be a congested fixture schedule?

Then there's the idea of seeding.

If a seeding system is implemented then this will mean that the play off would be weighted in favour of the current top four cartel and this would show up the Premier League plan for what it really is...another-television-rights-selling-money-making-scheme!

Why don't we just give up now?

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