I wouldnít do away with FA Cup replays. Thatís part of the spirit of the competition. Itís what makes it great. I would get rid of the bye process though; have the qualifiers to whittle the teams down, then everyone goes into the first round. If City end up going out to Morecambe because they canít be arsed fielding a decent team, so be it. The jokeís on them. Likewise, Iím not opposed to the idea of introducing Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish teams and making it a UK-wide cup. That could be quite fun.
Iíve got a hell of a lot of time for JŁrgen Klopp. I think heís great. Heís wrong on this one though. Moaning because your squad, assembled with hundreds of millions of pounds, doesnít get a fortnight off in February because you didnít show Shrewsbury enough respect and they took you to a replay? Nah, #### off mate. Our centre half goes and teaches kids in between being a footballer.
I do think itís different with the League Cup though. That competition has been cheapened beyond parody, to the point itís named after a buffalo. Get rid of replays in that altogether.
The same applies to the FA Trophy. One game, 90 minutes and penalties. Keep replays in the FA Cup. Seems sensible.
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