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Rafa calls for reserves revolution

Rafa calls for reserves revolution

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has called for reserves sides to be included in the Football League.

The call comes months after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho called for the very same thing.

They claim that the Premiership reserves leagues are pointless and on that basis, they have a point.

Southampton can sympathise with this even more considering this season, the reserves have been forced to leave the Premiership division and join the Combination league alongside sides such as Bournemouth, Wycombe and Aldershot, teams that do not exactly possess the same quality as Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and other such teams that Saints have played in recent years.

Benitez told the press: 'It is clear that the reserve system doesn't work, the reserve league is nothing.

'You can see youngsters playing just 18 games a season, that is nothing. Certainly not enough for the development of these players.

'It is something that we can improve in this country. Or if we do not change we will find other solutions, sending youngsters out on loan like I have done recently.

'I do not want to see reserve teams with four or five senior men playing without passion. These games are for young players.'

'If you want to improve their level you must change the reserve league system.'

'I used to be the manager of Castilla, Real Madrid's reserve side, and I had players who were 18, 19 years old playing in the Spanish second division championship.

'They were playing against men. They were winning and we finished sixth and fourth. The question is, what improves the quality of the players?'

'It is something that must improve here. You cannot play in a reserve league with players who are 34 years old and coming back from injury.

'They don't work hard. What happens to the 18 and 19 year olds, because they should not play games with senior men in the reserves.

'I would like to see reserve teams of the big clubs like ourselves playing in the Football League. Why not if they have enough quality?'

Well Rafa, the why not is respect.

The football league is the oldest league in the world, 72 teams with passionate supporters the length and breath of the country.

Do you really think the arm chair supporters of Premiership clubs will travel hundreds of miles to watch their reserves team face Carlisle United on a cold Tuesday night?

The answer, simply is no, the reserves league may have no passion for the players, but the football league does, to its players and supporters.

Other countries in Europe do not have a football league structure like we have in England, hence why the Championship was recently named the fifth biggest league in the whole of Europe!

League One and Two are bigger attendance wise than most second tier's around Europe.

Second teams might work in Spain, but it simply wouldn't here. So Rafa, you are far better off sending us another Danny Guthrie than coming up with another hair brained idea like this one which will never get off the ground.

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Date:Tuesday March 20 2007
Time: 3:13PM

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the liverpool fans might not go to carlilse on a cold tuesday night to watch the reserves play carlisle first team, but the carlisle fans would turn out in greater numbers to watch liverpool reserves than say rochdale.
Hudders
20/03/2007 15:22:00
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I don't think they would and what happens to the league 2 sides to allow these teams to join the league? Do we just relegate them just to try and keep the "big" clubs happy? How many teams do we allow to join the league? What if all 20 want to do it? It would destroy the football league and kill off the "smaller" clubs. It is just a daft idea, thought up by people who do not understand the history and nostalgia of football in this country.
Vital Saint
20/03/2007 15:29:00
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Well said. It will also further increase the gulf between Premiership clubs and lower league clubs to such an extent that promotion will just result in instant relegation.
SaintGeorge
20/03/2007 16:53:00
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History and nostalgia, if we followed that idea we'd still be standing in the rain, wading through a lake a pee to take a leak, and keeping our heads down outside grounds for fear of being beaten up, Saints would still be at the Den and Graham Taylor England manager !
Hudders
20/03/2007 18:22:00
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It's the Dell actually Hudders. Introducing Reserves is a ridiculous idea, surely if all the big premiership teams have big players in the reserves fighting to get into their first team surely there should be more competition in their reserve league anyway!!!? And I agree, it would be at the expense of other smaller teams.
Saintj81
20/03/2007 23:12:00
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Of course the dell , apologies, i just got my fur flying their. I can see both sides of the debate, i just feel that short term loans dont work cos the players are usually not bothered about the clubs they are laoned to, they only work longer term or if they are with a view to a perm deal. When I played i loved playing bigger clubs, and so i think most lower league players would welcome it as would chairmen for the xtra cash. But hey footballs all about debate and opinion. Sincere apologies re the den/dell thing it was a genuine stupid error.
Hudders
20/03/2007 23:29:00
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Who did you play for?
SaintGeorge
21/03/2007 10:43:00
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