Fleetwood Town back Football League opposition to League Three plan

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Fleetwood Town are 100 per cent behind the Football League’s decision to oppose plans for a new League Three.

FA chairman Greg Dyke revealed proposals last month for a new tier to the English pyramid which would include a selection of current Conference sides as well as Premier League clubs’ B teams.

The plan, said Dyke, would help develop homegrown talent, boosting England’s chances on the international stage.

But it has been opposed by many clubs, including, The Gazette can reveal, Fleetwood, who argue it would damage the unique nature of the domestic game.

Fleetwood chief executive Steve Curwood was part of a group who met with Dyke and senior FA officials at the Football League’s agm in Vilamoura, Portugal, over the weekend, when a unanimous decision was made to block the plans.

Curwood told The Gazette: “I’m convinced the B team and League Three scenario won’t have any leg with regards to sanction from the Football League clubs, which would be needed.

“We wanted to work with the commission and help them achieve their goals. But when it comes to League Three and Premier League B teams, I’d be very surprised if that ever happened.”

And Curwood revealed Town’s own opposition to the FA proposals, adding: “From Fleetwood it was always a definite no.

“English football is all about its heritage, professional clubs all the way down the levels with big support – it’s unique in that way. We want to preserve that.”

A number of alternative proposals have been put forward by Football League representatives to support the FA’s aims.

They include allowing the B teams to enter the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and quotas for homegrown talent.