I'd actually say that finances aside, the gap in footballing ability between top end Championship and bottom end PL has shrunk massively over the past few years or more. There's not much in it now. Historically you'd predict/expect all promoted teams to go straight back down, but if you look at the past 5 seasons:Remember Colo wrote: ↑Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:47 amSure, it's a pointless friendly, but the clubs participating would be playing a pointless friendly that weekend anyway - so what's the harm in keeping the tradition? And my issue with that playoffs structure is that the gulf in revenue/budget is so wide between the PL and Championship that it puts the PL 16th place club at such an advantage and serves as just another way to consolidate power among PL clubs (and an offering to try and get the existing lower table sides potentially on board).Bodacious Benny wrote: ↑Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:09 pmThe two bits I like are scrapping the community shield (pointless friendly) and putting the 3rd bottom PL team into the championship playoffs.
To give 9 teams “special voting rights” is bollocks as it just means they’d vote through whatever changes they wanted, and the £250m immediate payment to the EFL in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic is essentially just trying to blackmail them by saying if you don’t take this then you could go bust.
14/15: Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich came up, only Norwich went straight back down and the other two had 5 years in the PL.
15/16: Burnley, Boro and Hull came up, Burnely survived and are still in the PL.
16/17: Us, Brighton and Huddersfield came up - all three survived and 2/3 still in PL now.
17/18: Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham came up, Wolves stayed up and are still in the PL.
18/19: Norwich, Sheffield Utd and Villa came up, only Norwich went straight back down.
So of the 15 promoted teams, 9 stayed in the PL for one season with 6 going straight back down. The gulf in finances may be there for sure, but the gulf in footballing ability isn't.