Greg Dyke’s Premier League B teams could join the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and not League Three

JOHNSTONE'S PAINT JOY: Christian Burgess celebrates scoring his goal against Bradford City for Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID
JOHNSTONE'S PAINT JOY: Christian Burgess celebrates scoring his goal against Bradford City for Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID

GREG Dyke’s revolutionary League 3 may never see the light of day – if Football League bosses get their way.

Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey is to offer Premier League clubs an alternative to the controversial B team idea put forward by ex-BBC boss Dyke.

Football Association chairman Dyke whipped up a storm earlier this month when his commission - designed to improve the fortunes of the national side - recommended a new League 3 comprised of B teams and Conference clubs.

Dyke is to present his ideas to the League’s summer meeting next week and Harvey is weighing up a counter plan.

He is suggesting that B teams could join the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy - a regionalised knock-out competition currently open only to League 1 and 2 clubs.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Harvey said: “At their summer meeting, clubs will discuss the Football League’s contribution to the England team and how we can enhance our already extensive contribution to the development of young players.

“While the session was planned well before the findings of the FA chairman’s England Commission were made public, it does now give clubs the opportunity to have their say on these matters.

“It remains our view that while the objectives of the commission are laudable, the burden it places on our clubs should not be disproportionate or unreasonable.

“With this in mind, clubs will consider the merits or otherwise of inviting a number of B teams to participate in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy as a means for improving elite player development while also improving the finances of League One and League Two clubs.”