EFL rule against addition of Old Firm and Premier League B teams

The Premier League B teams and Celtic and Rangers won't be joining the English Football League during their possible restructure

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez Photo: The Sport Review

After 72 football league clubs and the English Football League met to discuss reforms within the English game, it has been unanimously decided that the introduction of both Premier League B teams, as well as Scottish Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers will not occur during the possible restructure.

Proposals made could well lead to a four-division structure beneath the top flight, with the aim of improving the revenue received by clubs high on the agenda.

It was also announced that clubs from League One, Two and the proposed new League Three have all expressed their intention to play through any winter break, should one be introduced in English football in the coming years.

Despite Premier League B teams having entered into the new EFL Trophy for the first time this year, the potential vote for future changes in June 2017 would not see them in the running for league positions.

It is instead believed that clubs currently within the non-league would make up any extra places needed. Clubs within the Championship will certainly welcome such news, with competition for places in the top divisions tough enough as it is.

The likes of Leeds United have struggled since their relegation from the Premier League in 2004, and with Championship League odds from bookmakers Coral showing the difficulties such teams have in dealing with competition from more financially sound clubs.

Odds on Leeds rejoining the Premier League under manager Gary Monk are 33/1 with Coral, with the introduction of Celtic and Rangers into the equation only likely to decrease their chances.

Such reforms are all part of the ‘Whole Game Solution’, which is part of the EFL’s plans to create four divisions, with twenty clubs in each.

A new structure for promotion and relegation in the 2018-19 season could cause the most controversy however, with the possibility of up to seven teams being relegated from the Championship that season and three coming up from League One a scary prospect for many.

Should such a radical change occur, the championship league odds at Coral for relegation would certainly be turned on their head.

Meanwhile, six Championship clubs remain in the hunt for a place in the EFL Cup quarter finals, with Leeds, Norwich, Newcastle United, Bristol City, Reading and Preston all taking their place in the draw for the round of 16.

It is unsurprisingly Newcastle that have the best odds from Coral of any Championship side, with their chances rates at 20/1.

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