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"With your way, a team could play brilliant football all year in the Championship, then meet a team that has played crap all year in the Prem, and lose, denying the Prem of a good team whilst putting up with the crap for at least another season"
Exactly why it's a good idea.
If a team who wins the Championship can't beat one of the worse teams in the Premiership, what hope have they got of staying up for more than one season? The Prem just ends up with another team, even worse than the one who just got demoted!
My way would reduce the risk of a team getting promotion, not because they were great, but because the rest of their league were crap.
As Joe pointed out. Why do the 5th place team in the Championship even get a look in at promotion!? That is silly.
Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellenbogen Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellenbogen Oct 20, 2011 09:10 Flag
"Exactly why it's a good idea."
No it's not.
If a team does enough over a whole season to get promoted, why should they have to play a single game against a team that's done fuck all, when a fluke result could lead to the relegated team winning?
The supporters of the Championship team deserve their chance in the Prem, the relegated team had their chance and blew it.
Also, most promoted teams are able to improve their squad with players who will only play in the Prem, players that aren't available in a play-off.
As to the 5th placed team getting promotion .... they could be fifth on goal difference, just like the relegated team. Swansea and Cardiff were only separated by goal difference.
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"If a team does enough over a whole season to get promoted, why should they have to play a single game against a team that's done fuck all"
As I said. A team who has done badly in the Prem might still be better than the best from the Championship, because the quality of teams in the Championship are so poor.
There are plenty of teams that have been promoted, only to suffer a humiliating season in the Prem, and then been relegated again. There are also plenty of teams that have been relegated for no more than one season.
What's the point? If they are that good, they should be able to stay up.
"when a fluke result could lead to the relegated team winning"
A Fluke result in the current play-offs might end up with one of the best teams in the Championship, not getting promoted.
It's swings and roundabouts. I'm not saying my method is the right answer. I just wanted to challenge/debate the current system, which I think could be improved.