Italians propose idea to put Championship clubs in European competition

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Could a new European competition could help rejuvenate four of the Championship's sleeping giants in Leeds United, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday?

According to reports in The Daily Mail, Football League representatives are involved in preliminary talks about a new European competition that would involve Championship clubs.

A meeting took place in Milan last week between representatives of second-tier football leagues in England, Russia, Holland and Italy who have regular meetings to discuss any common issues.

In the latest meeting Italian representatives are reported to have proposed a radical new competition that would allow Championship clubs play in a European competition of their own.

Reports suggest that talk of the competition was brief and at the minute, it's the representative's duty to obtain feedback from clubs that could benefit from this competition being created.

The negatives of the competition can be considered overwhelming, especially in terms of the fixtures list.

When you consider the least amount of games a Championship club can possibly play in one season is 48 (46 league games, 2 Cup games), which if take into account this season's duration which is 218 days long, that is one game every 4.5 days. This is quite considerable for a lot Championship sides that don't have the squad depth of Premier League clubs, who are better suited for it, and this is with the least amount of games played.

Now let's assess how many games could be played if you consider both cup finals and the added play-off saga.

Last season's play-off final was 23 days on from the last game, using the same amount of days it would make this season's duration 241 days long. And the most games a Championship side can play in one season is a staggering 67 (46 league, 3 play-offs, 8 Capital One Cup and 10 FA Cup), although it is extremely unlikely it would amount to one game every 3.5 days. 

A new competition could however be what the following clubs need: Leeds United, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday.

Arguably they are the biggest four sides in the division, yet due to apathy of second-tier football they have on average a combined 48,209 empty seats per game. An astonishing statistic for four of the biggest clubs in the country no less.

A European competition could make supporting a second-tier football side an attractive proposition once again, giving more people the impetus to put the Sky remote down and head down to their respected team's ground.

Arguably the biggest positive that can come from the competition is the added income, as in the future teams will be restricted within their financial fair-play boundaries.

The four sides mentioned could well be promoted to the Premier League well before any of this happens, but as it stands all four would benefit a great deal due to not receiving any parachute payments, which means other sides in the division are given a head start on the rest of the division.

No potential formats have been discussed with regards to this proposed competition, but at the very least opens up a good debate whether this would be good, or bad for clubs.

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