Ian Lenagan: ‘If the Football League does not suggest solutions the FA or Premier League will’

Amid concerns over the EFL Trophy revamp and fixture congestion the Football League’s new chairman insists ‘the best place we’re in is the place of innovation’

If the Football League’s new chairman, Ian Lenagan, had hoped to slip quietly into his role he has chosen the wrong time to start.

The revamped EFL Trophy format, with the introduction of academy sides from Premier League and Championship clubs, has provoked anger and derision. Meanwhile, attempts to get on the front foot in negotiations with the Premier League and the Football Association over fixture congestion – resulting in a proposal to expand the league to 80 teams across four divisions – sparked questions and concern among clubs and fans.

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