Pearson Favours League Changes

Last updated : 26 March 2002 By Andy Beill
With many clubs in financial difficulties, along with the ITV Digital payment saga still unresolved, changes are being called on.

One such change would see Divisions 2 and 3 being scrapped, and having two regional leagues instead.

Tigers chief Pearson has added his voice to regionalisation: "I would favour Divisions Two and Three joining together and forming a new competition on a north-south basis with a series of play-offs at the end of the season.
"I can appreciate a lot of traditionalists would be against the idea, but it would make a lot of sense from a financial point of view.
"There would be a lot less long, expensive journeys and more local derbies which should bring in bigger gates and more revenue."

Meanwhile Pearson has spoken against a wage cap being installed. A wage cap would prevent richer, well-supported clubs like City bringing in bigname players as they have done this season.

He said: "I'm not so sure whether a salary cap would work. I can see the logic behind the suggestion and the Football League is looking very closely at bringing in some sort of control. I'd have to see the exact proposals, though."