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he current format of the Checkatrade Trophy is "rubbish", according to MK Dons manager Karl Robinson.

Sixteen sides with Category One academies are involved in 2016-17 but League One and Two teams must play a certain number of first-team players.

"How can we have a development trophy for Premier League teams who can do what they want, yet we can't develop our own players in it?" said Robinson.

In response, the EFL said it will "continue to assess the format".

An EFL spokesman said: "The revised format of the Checkatrade Trophy, which is a one-year pilot, is part of the EFL's long-term commitment to help the nation produce more and better homegrown players.

"It has also been designed to help reinvigorate the competition for the benefit of League One and Two clubs as it was widely felt that it had lost some of its purpose in previous seasons."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37540062

 

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45,888 fans went to 32 matches in the opening round this season, at an average of 1,434, compared to 29,931 fans who went to 16 matches in the opening round last season, at an average of 1,871

 

 

What is this garbage?

Who thought this was a good idea?
Who allowed this to be implemented?

 

Someone should be fired.

 

 

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from what id seen not that many people were banging the drum for it either, the reserve league has been reshuffled to the U23s in what must be its 3rd or 4th iteration in the last 10 years

its another case of the FA trying to fix something and making it worse by introducing something no one wants

what isnt mentioned in that report is the number of these PL academies that werent interested in the slightest and have been knocked out already

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