Chesterfield CEO Turner questions motive for Football League proposals

Hartlepool United vs Chesterfield - Chris Turner - Pic By James Williamson
Hartlepool United vs Chesterfield - Chris Turner - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner has questioned the motives for the Football League’s proposed changes.

The proposals include an increase in the number of teams from 72 to 80 and an extra division.

And while the Spireites CEO is happy to see changes made if they benefit the game, he suspects the motive might be to aid the top clubs, not those below the Premier League.

Speaking to the Press Association he said: “I am in support of changes if they improve the game but my big concern is that the Premier League clubs are looking at ways of enabling their fringe players to gain experience of playing competitive football.

“Is that is what is behind the proposal to add another division?”

The idea of Premier League B teams entering the competitive domestic scene was first mooted by Football Association chairman Greg Dyke two years ago, but quickly shot down by the Football League.

Proposals made public by the Football League on Thursday included 100 clubs in five divisions and the hope that the number of midweek games would be reduced and fixture congestion eased.

For the plans to go ahead, 90 per cent of the 72 clubs must give their approval and a decision will be made next summer.