Time to scrap the Carling Cup

August 22, 2011 11:05am CST
For quite a while now the Carling Cup has seemed, to me at least, to be lacking any real purpose. Clubs aren't interested neither are the fans and there's too many fixtures. Teams from the Premier League regularly field weakened sides, in the Carling Cup, made up of promising youngsters and fringe players. This competition means so little to bigger clubs and this has an affect on the interest it provides for fans of smaller clubs too. After all what is the point in seeing a club like Hereford playing Aston Villa's reserves. Attendances for these games are low which seems to show that the public don't take this competition too seriously either. I would imagine that the viewing figures for the televised games are lower than the figures for regular league games too. Given the number of fixtures already being played in the season would getting rid of this meaningless tournament be a positive step forward? Surely less games would have a positive effect on the England team when it comes to the World Cup and European Championships. I feel that this tournament has run its course, there's too many important games played in a season for clubs from all four divisions without this unnecessary extra diversion. Either scrap it or force clubs to field full strength sides and give the fans some value for money.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
22 Aug 11
Yes, but more and more sides will now start to take it more seriously. As there are now 4-5 teams with intentions to win at least one title each year, Carling Cup suddenly is right up there for the clubs. Also, it provides a chance for some of the smaller clubs to have their dream runs. I wouldn't really like to scrap the Carling Cup just yet. Cheers! Ram