3: Make World Cup a 16-team event and the Euros just eight
4: Get rid of qualifiers during a domestic season’
5: ‘Wake me up when the real football returns’
This one is the answer that gets the closer to my view, saying, “You can keep the whole miserable lot of it, your No Surrender and your plastic chairs and the lumpen, leaden pea-hearted frauds of the Premier League getting turned over by the first half-decent side they face. I’m with Andrew Cole; I’ve retired from it. Wake me up when the real football is back.”
6: It’s going to be ok because we are all going to war.
7: ‘Do away with qualifiers on a Thursday night’
8: Condense friendlies into a short period in the summer
9: Get rid of qualifiers altogether
10: Create a two-tier qualifying system
And my solution:
The UK government should wind up the FA on the grounds that it wastes tax payers money and is grossly incompetent. That will get Fifa to suspend the FA from all international participation because governments are not allowed to interfere in football, under Fifa rules. (It is something that is just part of the Fifa aggrandisement programme – it likes to think of itself as a state).
Then either we have no internationals at all (my first choice) or if we utterly, absolutely must, countries are grouped into little regional leagues of maybe four countries each, each of roughly the same merit and ability, and they play each other once, as we did in the days of the old “Home Nations” championship.
And then here is the additional point: there is promotion and relegation, but it is based primarily on the size of the crowd. So where there is no real interest in the match the nation goes down the pyramid, and where there are big crowds (and thus a real interest in the match) the nation can go up the league.
Countries could also agree to move leagues without this measure of crowd size, if they both agree. So England and Scotland might want to be in the same league, and they could arrange this if they both want it.
It is of course wholly artificial, but then so is the whole international thing. England have had a player in their side who wasn’t born in England, and nor were his parents and this stops it being a serious international game. All countries can claim a player as their own if his/her grandparent was born in transit in that country.
And then I would like to add one more rule. Clubs can refuse to let players go and play in internationals. So when a player signs for a club there would be discussion as to whether the player wanted to be released for internationals or not. The club might decide then to pay the player a little more for not accepting international call ups, and that would be fair enough.
And to brighten it up a bit more, here’s another innovation. The players should elect an honorary manager for each three game tournament. Such a manager just serves for that tournament and then goes back to his day job.
No Fifa, no Uefa, and quite possibly no FA. And no international managers lurking around with nothing to do all day through most of the year, except talk to fake journalists about accepting vast amounts of money to speak at non-existent meetings.
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