Re: The F.A. Cup, and it's current importance.
Posted by BWScarf on 27/1/2020, 10:59 pm, in reply to "The F.A. Cup, and it's current importance."
Itís not had its day, but itís lost its prestige for the top five or six clubs, who chase European and Premier League titles instead; and the other 20 or so clubs who bob up and down between the Premier League and Championship, whoíve decided lining their pockets with obscene wealth and getting leathered most weeks just to say theyíre in the Premier League are more important. |
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.