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Re: Time to relegate relegation?
Posted by: Monkey1_ed
Date: 11/07/2016 19:50
The safety issue was very well explained a few years ago. It primarily relates to player safety as the game is played at a higher intensity by more powerful players and consequently you should expect more injuries of a more severe nature.

Another good point was made about media facilities, and I am sure Ramshackle Smith could vouch for that along with all the telly crews.

The aspect that makes no sense at all is stadium capacity and the number of toilets. Just because a small club gains promotion doesn't mean that they get 10,200 people turning up for the first game all bursting for a pee. If the ground criteria were revised using a little common sense so that medical & media facilities had to be upgraded immediately, but the ground could grow organically in line with crowd numbers it would make promotion easier.

The elephant in the room is still lurking however in that no matter how many toilets a club has, the squad can't grow from a 1.5m budget to a Premiership 5m budget (minimum) overnight. Even Bristol with their vast budget found it a struggle to attract the players they need to carry the squad beyond mere promotion while they were still in the Championship. Unless the squad aspect of a club can be allowed to grow too it is just going to be London Welsh all over again. The only suggestion that I have heard that takes this into account is to protect a promoted club from relegation for two years.

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