With the FA currently undergoing talks regarding the possibility of a winter break in England, and the discarding of replays for FA Cup ties, Glenn’s focus turned to a potential rejigging of the Premier League‘s four Champions League spots.
At present, each side who finishes in the top four of the English top flight is rewarded with a place in the Champions League.
“Yeah, I’d love to see that,” he said.
“It would add lustre to the competition. You can’t solve things in isolation. It’s a Rubik’s Cube.
“That might be one possibility. Of course, running the FA, I’d love it.
“It just needs to be set up and weighed up against all the other criteria and the desires of the competition owners, the Premier League, the Football League, etc.
“I think it would be attractive but you’ve got job one [which] is make sure we’ve got enough coefficient points in Europe to make sure we keep the four places.”
While Glenn is correct in that this would add to the prestige of England’s major domestic cup competition, adding emphasis on the FA Cup somewhat jars with the other motions to be discussed by the FA.
By refocussing on the FA Cup as a priority, this would arguably detract from the quality of the Premier League, and England’s success in Europe.
No changes can be made to the FA Cup until 2018, however, when the current TV deal expires, with the possibility of introducing a winter break far more likely.
This would see the demise of FA Cup replays, freeing up the schedule of beleaguered Premier League sides.
Glenn’s desires would merely undermine this further.