Chris Waddle – Scrap Season and Change Game
Chris Waddle believes now is the perfect time to change the game for the better and he is calling on the Football Association to make changes to the national game and the football pyramid. All English leagues are currently suspended which gives the Football Association the chance to reform the leagues and bring in new laws around finance.
Waddle, who still plays in non-league football with Long Bennington Football Club in the East Midlands Veterans Conference turns sixty years old in December and he believes that the Football League should scrap the current season at all levels. I know these are difficult times as the country tackles coronavirus, but its the perfect time to review the non-league structure and to introduce a salary cap for the Premier League and Football League clubs.
The former England International thinks that non-league football should be regionalised from the Vanarama National League right down to North-West Counties League. At the moment we have teams like Barrow travelling to Dover Athletic and Blyth Spartans going all the way down to Gloucester City who are in the northern league, it costs the clubs a fortune and its not fair on the players or the supporters having travel those distances.
I believe there should be a Conference North and Conference South with two from each league being promoted to Sky Bet League Two at the end of the season. There are other systems that can be used such as the French league, where the top two teams play the bottom two teams from the league above in a play-off match to see who wins promotion
Waddle, who spent one season as manager of Burnley Football Club and is fully aware of just how difficult it can be to run the financial side of a football club. But he believes the finances from the TV broadcasting rights should be more evenly distributed across the country and the football pyramid including non-league levels.
Everyone is sick of hearing how the clubs at the top have lost a million pounds this season, when they haven’t shared the majority of the revenue for far to long. Both of the main league (Premier League & Football League) now need to introduce a wage cap for their clubs just like they do in other sports, firstly to ensure the clubs are not living beyond their means and secondly to ensure that clubs in Sky Bet League 1 & 2 as well as the non-league clubs receive more of the broadcasting revenue to ensure that they don’t go bust, it is only fair the small clubs receive a bigger share of the revenue.