Pompey lead way as FA proposals face defeat

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin spoke out against the FA's controversial League Three proposals
Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin spoke out against the FA's controversial League Three proposals

Greg Dyke’s League Three proposal today faces defeat by the Football League.

Although it is uncertain whether the alternative suggestion of B teams entering the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy will suffer a similar fate.

The Football League’s AGM yesterday opened in Faro, Portugal, with Pompey chairman Iain McInnes and chief executive Mark Catlin in attendance.

All 72 member clubs were asked to vote on the Football Association’s plans designed to boost the England set-up.

Those results will officially be announced today as the conference enters its second and final day.

However, The News understands the general consensus of those present was against the League Three blueprint tabled by FA chairman Dyke.

The fight against those controversial proposals has been led by Catlin, who was one of four people to yesterday take part in an on-stage debate on the controversial issue.

Among those who also took the platform were Dyke and Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey.

Staged in front of member clubs, it is believed there were passionate exchanges as a strong debate developed.

Dyke in particular was grilled intensely by the conference, with questions taken from the floor.

At the end of proceedings, it was gauged widespread opinion suggested clubs were completely against the concept of League Three.

Although it is understood the clubs then headed off for divisional meetings to debate further.

Also up for discussion was the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy suggestion put forward by Harvey.

Essentially a watered-down version of Dyke’s plans, it involves B teams in the competition over a two-year trial period.

That would replace the idea of such sides entering the lower divisions.

During their divisional meetings, clubs were asked to register their opinions on both tabled proposals, ending with a vote.

Those results will not be unveiled until today, with those present opting to keep their counsel until that time.

On the other hand, it is understood some of Dyke’s other proposals were not met with such heavy objections.

However, with the subject of League Three having dominated discussions since its unveiling by the FA, it has been portrayed as the main issue.

Catlin, along with Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Bradford joint-chairman Mark Lawn have been public critics of the subject of the B team.

Catlin, who lived in Spain for 12 years, has been adamant he does not want B teams in either the lower divisions or the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Now, following extensive debate, football awaits the results from yesterday’s AGM.