Trust to Hand Over Petition to Clegg Friday, 17th Feb 2012 11:06
Ipswich Town Ist, the Supporters Trust, will hand its petition calling on the Blues to opt for Category One Academy status to chief executive Simon Clegg prior to Saturday’s game against Cardiff. The petition has been signed by more than 5,000 fans at recent games and online.
The Trust’s website also summarises some of the key aspects of the EPPP's Youth Development Rules document to which the Premier League has agreed and Football League sides met yesterday to discuss.
Town are still decide whether to commit to Category One or Category Two despite the new rules coming in next season. A significant factor in the lack of a decision up to now is whether Academy expenditure will be included within the Financial Fair Play rules the Championship is also set to introduce ahead of 2012/13.
Is the key point here that whether Category 1 or Category 2, the a club (likely to be a PL club) can at any point take a player away for a minimal fee (much smaller than the compensation rules now), thus making the expenditure on Category 1 not viable.
Granted, we can't get players from such a wide geographical area, but if the best will be poached for a few hundred thousands at best before they sign professional terms then I don't see why we should go for Category 1.
Nothing to do with "ageing players" as the Trust start out their argument on.
I think these rules, from what I've read so far, are bloody ridiculous anyway and I don't think we should bother with the big spend on Category 1 when as TractorMan said, players can be taken for barely anything anyway.
Clubs can poach players whatever the category. The point of being a cat 1 are being able to sign players nationwide, being able to spend more coaching hours with the players, with better qualified coaches. Being able to compete in the new reserve league and offering better facilities for young players are just a few reasons.
With financial fair play coming in and ITFC having to bring their wage bill down by 30% the only way forward is to get the academy going again.
Sorry to say, but check the bins around the ground afterwards as that's where it's going... The club will select what THEY deem to be the best (most affordable) option.
But it's good as if they choose Cat 1, us fans will be happy that we have been heard and feel that they had an influence (the ITFC spin machine will say as much) and if not they will outline why it wasn't feasible, despite the wishes of the fans.
I think the Trust will have to put it in Clegg's postbox or hand it to the receptionist, as Clegg won't meet the Trust will he?!
It's strange how if all this detail is awaited that other clubs have been able to announce they will go for Category One.
Losing youngsters for minimal fees has to worry the whole of football in this country, as if clubs don't invest in academies where on earth will talent for the future England team come from?! Of course, that's won't worry the big clubs who control football.
Strange that we have to put a petition forward at all. It's almost saying that we don't trust the management to make the right decisions for the football club. Anyway, perhaps thats a different matter.
Might make more sense to persuade Narrrrdge also to go cat 2, so then there is no cat 1 option in East Anglia - each club saves £2.6m. Both going cat 1 feels like an arms race to me. Quite apart from the good arguments used above. I wish the Trust would try to justify why they want the club to spend £2.6m a year when there is no understanding of whether transfer fees might be receivable as in the past, and every indication that they may not be. Doesn't sound like good business to me.