Catlin blasts Dyke proposals

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin
Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin
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Mark Catlin has angrily dismissed today’s call from the FA Commission to accommodate Premier League B teams into the Football League.

The review, overseen by Football Association chairman Greg Dyke, is designed to boost the fortunes of the national team.

Controversially, at the heart of the four-point plan is the suggestion of establishing a new League Three in 2016-17, made up of 10 Premier League B teams and 10 Conference sides.

The proposals instantly prompted heavy criticism from supporters, the media and those within the game.

And Pompey’s chief executive echoed those who have blasted Dyke’s ambitions.

He said: ‘This is absolutely disgraceful and a complete lack of respect to both the Football League and all its clubs.

‘I am very angry - this is not about Portsmouth but the whole Football League structure.

‘Why are they looking to change the most revered league in the world? Why are we having a conversation about changing that?

‘All for the chance it might improve the England team. That is one hell of a gamble to take by destroying the whole pyramid structure.

‘This has to be stopped in its tracks.’