By Dr Dan Plumley

22nd Sep, 2022 | 1:53pm

Finance guru issues 'season-defining' claim amid Sunderland latest - 'this could do real damage'

The abolition of the League Cup would remove potentially “season-defining” matchdays for the likes of Sunderland.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the financial significance of England’s second-biggest cup competition.

The Times reported on Monday (19 September) that England’s elite clubs are mulling over plans to scrap FA Cup replays and scale back their commitment to the League Cup.

The new system would see clubs competing in European competition field under-21 sides or drop out of the competition altogether.

The Black Cats reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup in 2021-22 but were knocked out by Sheffield Wednesday in the first round of this season’s competition.

Plumley explained how, while the scrapping of the League Cup would not be a financial disaster for Championship clubs, it could still have a tangible impact on the likes of Sunderland.

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I think this would affect the EFL,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“Clubs in League One and Two would be the hardest hit, but the impact wouldn’t exclusively be on them.

They are not reliant on it and they don’t budget according to it, but if you get a big one-off fixture against a big club, that can generate a significant amount of money which can define your season. To remove that would be a real issue.

You can argue whether this is applicable to Championship clubs. You have got a lot of clubs in there who have got parachute payments.

There are also clubs like Sunderland for whom the League Cup might not be a priority, but it all adds up if you get selected for TV and generate a lot of ticket sales.

So, the real damage would be to League One and Two clubs but also to some in the Championship.

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