Dyke's proposal to create a new division between the Football League and the Conference to accommodate Premier League B teams has provoked criticism from wide sections of both media and the public. A fear that favouring the Premier League whilst forsaking the depths of the Football League will only widen the gap that has existed since the formation of the former in 1992.
The new League structure would see 'elite' clubs having reserve teams in a 'League Three' - sandwiched between League Two and the Conference - with them being able to achieve promotion up to League One. Though, there are many fears that this would ruin the integrity of the entire competition.
Although the examples of Germany and Spain and their current international riches have been used by the FA to suggest the positives that may be reaped by such a change, the correlation between B teams and international success is a hard one to find. From the foundation of Barcelona B in 1970, and Real Madrid Castilla in 1972, it took until 2008 for Spain to win an international tournament, and 2010 to win a World Cup.
Judging by this example, Dyke's plans to have this proposed 'League Three' installed in the 2016/17 season would lead to success no earlier than the 2046 season - much later than the desired victory at the 2022 World Cup that Dyke has intended.
Although this is just hypothesis, the entire FA report is based on nothing but guesswork. As quoted from page 14 of the report, available on the FA website:
'We estimate that each B team squad would contain an average of 15 English players. Assuming, say, that there were ten B teams, this translates into 150 playing opportunities for English players. If we assume that the percentage of these that make it into their first team is around 6% (a marginal improvement on the percentage of players with loan experiences that reach the first team) this would translate into nine new English players making it into the first team squad of a Premier League side each season, augmenting the current input of new players into Premier League first teams.'
It is this apparent lack of foresight that has caused commotion amongst fans of English football, and the potential ruination of the integrity of the Football League that has drawn criticism from fans of lower league clubs. And nowhere was this criticism seen more than on Twitter.
Here are some responses that came out following the announcement of the proposal:
Watching England perform like clowns v Algeria in 2010, the reaction in my local was unanimous: we must blame Hereford and Barnet for this— Tom Davies (@tomdaviesE17) May 8, 2014
This B team idea would be good for prem teams but not so for lower / non league clubs. Need to think of whole game not just top level!!— Matt (@MattJKelly4) May 9, 2014
The clubs can just loan them out to teams in the lower divisions without having to ruin the Football league by making a B team #notoleague3— Michael Perry WFC (@mikeperry97) May 9, 2014
B Teams going in2 a League 3 is disrespectful to Lower League/Conference teams. English Football shouldn't roll over for the premier league— Kevin Bianco (@kevvyb0712) May 9, 2014