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Welsh Premier to be cut to 10 clubs?

 

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Not unless the meeting was at least 3 weeks ago


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From www.welsh-premier.com

THE Welsh Premier board is considering radical plans to reduce the league to just 10 teams.
According to the Western Mail, the controversial move was discussed at a meeting yesterday and will be debated fully by the 18 club chairmen next month.
The proposal is seen as a counter to a plan put forward by Alun Evans to invite reserve sides from the 'big three' to join the domestic top flight, a move which was vehemently opposed by the majority of clubs.
Under the new plan, the league would be reduced to just 10 clubs, with a second division of 10 lesser sides, modelled on the Scottish Premier League where teams play each other four times a season.
There would be end-of-season play-offs between the sides finishing at the bottom of the Welsh top flight and those at the top of the second division to determine promotion and relegation.
The reduction from 18 clubs to 10 could be achieved by natural wastage when strict new Uefa criteria come into force at the start of season 2009/10 and there is a general acceptance within the league that it needs to change to improve public perception.
"A paper has been put together suggesting the possibility of two leagues of 10 teams and is being discussed by our board of directors," secretary John Deakin told the Western Mail.
“It is designed to ensure quality, rather than quantity, and the initial feedback we have had from clubs is a positive one.
“Yes, teams would have to play each other four times a year, but the Scottish League is not a bad one to model ourselves upon.
“We need to look at the success across the water in Ireland, where they have streamlined their league to great effect by reducing the number of sides.”
“We are looking to change because, although we have made significant progress, things have plateaued out.
“Now something really needs to be done to improve the league."


Anybody in Scotland (or elsewhere) like to offer a view?


Just wondering if the plan to split into a two tier Premier League is a way of trying to entice 2 Welsh clubs from English non-league. As there is only 18 sides in the current Welsh Premier they will need to either promote 2 clubs from the lower league or 'invite' 2 playing in England.

Both Merthyr Tydfil and Colwyn Bay have (as far as I know) been plying their trade at various levels of non-league English football for some time. Perhaps the Welsh FA think they may be interested in joining a streamlined Welsh Premier with the chance to win FA Cup/League Cup, compete in Europe etc.


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The bay's ground would need some money spending on it!




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