Friday, 19 February 2010
Change more than 3 players, lose 3 points or be thrown out of the Cup!
I am suffering from an Ashtonesque ankle injury so was unable to play football tonight but still went along for the post match beers and curry and became embroiled in a discussion about the Wolves "penalty" for playing a reserve team at Old Trafford. Out of the discussion, involving rotation and bringing through youngsters, came the very sensible suggestion that, apart from a major injury crisis, no team should be allowed to change more than 3 players from the starting 11 from any one game to the next.
What a simple and effective rule! Yes Manchester United could still rest Giggs, Rooney and Ferdinand, but they would still have to pick 8 first teamers, even if they have already secured the Premiership and are playing a "means nothing" game (to them) at the end of the season. If the same rule were carried over to the cups, we would remove the nonsense of reserve teams being fielded, which is now seriously devaluing both the League and F.A Cups.
Wenger wouldn't like it, of course, but sod him. The game is greater than Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. We need to secure the integrity of competitions and what Wolves did was a flagrant abuse of the rules. A maximum "rotation" of three would enable clubs to develop young talent, rest stars, and still not so devalue an individual contest as to devalue the integrity of the competition as a whole.
It wasn't my idea but it seems like a simple and effective rule change. What's your opinion?
Posted by Hammersfan at 23:52