Mansford opposes FA proposals

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Chief executive Ben Mansford has added Barnsley to a growing list of Football League clubs who oppose the FA’s ‘League 3’ proposals.

Mansford, speaking at a monthly Barnsley Supporters’ Trust meeting with fans, highlighted the rise to prominence of John Stones as a reason not to implement Greg Dyke’s controversial idea, which will see Premier League ‘B’ teams competing in a new division, between League Two and the Conference.

Stones, who began his career at Oakwell before a £3m move to Premier League side Everton, is on the standby list for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and could make England’s final 23 if Phil Jones fails to recover from injury.

“John Stones making the standby list for the World Cup would never happen in Greg Dyke’s new world”, Mansford said.

“Would Stonesie be on standby if he had been playing for Everton B in League 3?”

“I believe that Greg is just trying to make headlines, but the proposal is ill-thought out and disrespectful to league clubs.”

Although Mansford believes that some ideas in Dyke’s report will benefit the English game - including making it harder for non-EU players to get work permits - but the League 3 proposal would “rip the soul out of towns and cities across the country”.