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Premier League Changes Planned

Vital Portsmouth Editor pompeyrug has written something about the changes that the Premier League has in store from next season.

It was offered to other Vital Sites to use so as this will be something that every Premier League club will have to contend with (and I don't see it as being a bad rule really) I've decided to use it. Here is what Rug said:

From the start of next season premier league clubs will have to play by new rules...

Each club will be required to have 8 'home-grown' players in their squad of 25, and this can be no more than 25 unless those extras also in the squad are under 21. Alterations can be made to the squad named, but only at the end of the summer and winter transfer windows, but these alterations must see this squad stay within the limits of no more than 17 players, out of the 25, over the age of 21 and not home-grown.

A player is defined as 'home-grown' if they have trained within the professional system in England or Wales for 3-years and are under the age of 21.

Chief executive Richard Scudamore, quoted on sky sports, believes this will make buying home-grown talent 'more attractive' with it acting as another incentive to 'invest in youth' that will ultimately 'benefit' the national side: 'it's not in the club's interests to stockpile players. It will make buying home-grown talent more attractive.

'We're not going down the route of a nationality test but what this will mean is that you just can't buy a team from abroad.

'We think it will give clubs an extra incentive to invest in youth. We think that one of the benefits will be that it will help the England team.

Also to be changed, and these changes come in immediately; will be the way clubs are run financially.

Clubs must follow guidelines set out that sees accounts submitted annually, which the premier league board will then look at to ensure that each club can: 'fulfil its fixtures, pay off its creditors when they are due and also to meet obligations to the Premier League's contracts and partners?'

If these criteria are in danger or are not being met transfer embargos can be handed out along with the club agreeing a budget to work on - all is being done to ensure that each club is financially viable to sustain its existence essentially, he added: 'it's absolutely crucial that these clubs are run as ongoing viable concerns. These financial rules apply immediately.

'This is tied in, and we passed the rule during the summer, to a 'fit and proper person test'. At our club meeting last week, the clubs absolutely endorsed our position of not linking expenditure to income.

These are changes to the top-flight game that are not going to do it any harm, are they?

Although there will now be even more attention paid to youngsters, or 'home-grown' players, which will then need the games governing bodies to pay extra attention to how clubs approach others - some flexing their muscles - to prise these assets away... A greater transparency on the financial score does not sound a bad idea to me at all though!


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Date:Tuesday September 15 2009
Time: 5:31PM


1) Isn't the youth recruiting requirement exactly what Chelsea and Man U just got busted for? 2) The financial rules are desperately needed. The PL, La Liga and Serie A are guilty of unsustainable growth. The Bundasliga has it right. 3) As a Yank, I really don't understand the fear of the death of English football. For every Adebayor/Bebatov/Ballack/Sagna/Schwartzer you have a Rooney/Gerrard/Lampard/Terry/Green. American Baseball has undergone this semi-xenophobia several times--with the introduction of black players and then later with the influx of central american players. I say competition is healthy.
SoCal Rover
15/09/2009 19:14:00
I was a bit wary of the sales of Steve Warnock, Paul Gallagher and Matt Derbyshire with this rule in the offing - at first sight the requirement for 8 home grown players seems onerous but a quick look at the first team suggests that we more or less comply with the rules - thanks to the Academy - so is it really going to make a great deal of difference? I think that clubs most clubs will be able to adjust and I'm sure that JW and BSA are shrewd enough to avoid falling foul of the regulations.
15/09/2009 20:05:00
We have- Dunny - Hollet - Doran - Jones - Treacy? any more?
15/09/2009 20:09:00
Frank Fielding, Gavin Gunning, David Dunn, David Holliett, Aaron Doran, Keith Treacy, Phil Jones, Jason Brown, Stephen Reid, Martin Olssen, Keith Andrews, Paul Robinson, Alan Judge, Alex Marrow, Mark Bunn, Nick Blackman, Andy Howath, Marcus Marshall. I think that covers the 8 home grown out of that lot. Its not that big of a deal. It may have been back when Arsenal and Lokomotiv London were fielding all foreigh first 11's but its not really that big of an issue. All this will serve to do is that the smaller clubs will still produce young promising English talent and the big clubs will keep buying them, but at an even greater inflated price. If this had been brought in last season, Fabian Delph would have cost closer to 10 million than 6 million and so on. Can't see the real issue or need for it TBH but there ya go.
15/09/2009 20:55:00
Ohh, yeah, i forgot it wasnt just trained by our club.
15/09/2009 22:22:00
How the hell to they expect clubs to implement this by next season. What about clubs with little or no money. English players will become too expensive to buy. I honestly don't believe that this will improve the chances of England winning a world cup or European championship. How many of the Brazilian team play in Brazil yet they seem to do okay. This has got to be against some law. This rule will force clubs to spend huge fees on english players which in turn will break the other rule as clubs will struggle financially. I can only see this impacting negatively on the standard of football in the premiership. If the young players were out there and were good enough then they would be playing for clubs.
16/09/2009 02:10:00
All this rule is going to do is inflate the english transfer market further. I do not see how it benefits a club like ours.
16/09/2009 03:40:00
The major worry is that the rule is being introduced to establish the principle - then maybe it will get tougher later - say 10 or 12 home grown players? Providing the Academy produces enough talented players Rovers should be reasonably well placed - we just need a couple more to make it into the first team.
16/09/2009 10:04:00
As I've said before - they've been planning this for a couple of years now - clubs should have planned for it too. But at the end of the day all that will happen is that rich clubs will ensure they have the best home-grown players at the expense of the poorer - so rich keep winning... i.e. the same as it is now!
16/09/2009 12:41:00
This rule is all good. We wont suffer as a club - Rovers will actually benefit from this. Clubs that are at the top will be the ones that will suffer as far as I can see.
Mikey D
16/09/2009 16:14:00
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