The Times’ Martin Ziegler is reporting that teams who qualify for Europe next season could be removed from the next Carabao Cup in order to ease the fixture pile-up coming their way.
This would mean teams outside the traditional “big six” or those who’ve finished adrift of this season’s eventual top 7 could capitalise on the opportunity to win a major honour – something that could be music to the ears of Newcastle fans desperate to end our trophy drought!
As things stand, that would mean no Liverpool, Man City, Leicester, Chelsea, Man Utd, Sheffield Utd or Wolves in next season’s League Cup – although Tottenham and Arsenal are still in the running for a place in Europe.
Here is a snippet from Ziegler’s piece for The Times today:
“The League Cup faces the prospect of being played without seven Premier League sides next season because of the fixture pile-up caused by the delayed start to the campaign.
“The dates for the Champions League and Europa League were announced on Wednesday, with two rounds likely to clash with the cup, which would effectively rule out the English clubs competing in Europe from taking part in the domestic competition.”
While this season’s FA Cup still provides our best chance for silverware for the first time in over 50 years, these plans for next season could be an avenue teams like ourselves could capitalise on.
This isn’t confirmed yet, but it is something that would likely be backed by the bigger clubs in the league, who have been an open critic of the second domestic cup for over a decade now.