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11 June 2016

Paul Barber represented Albion at the EFL summer conference, where clubs agreed a number of new initiatives.

EFL clubs have agreed to a number of new initiatives at the League's 2016 summer conference, including proposals aimed at tackling the under-representation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, new rules regarding loans, and a new format for the EFL Trophy (formerly known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy). 

Albion were represented by chief executive Paul Barber, who is also an elected member of the EFL board of directors, as clubs also discussed the Whole Game Solution proposals put forward recently by the EFL board following initial discussions with both The Premier League and The FA. EFL clubs will make a final decision on which of the various proposals will be taken forward in 12 months' time at next summer's EFL conference. Any changes would require 90% of EFL clubs to vote in favour. 


The new measures, aimed at tackling the lack of BAME coaches in the game, will take immediate effect, include the introduction of mandatory new recruitment practices for coaching positions in academy football and a Voluntary Recruitment Code in first-team football, which will be piloted by at least ten clubs during 2016/17.

Mandatory Requirements at Academy level 


Under EFL regulations:


• Clubs will be required to advertise any position within the club’s Academy that requires the individual to hold a UEFA A or UEFA B coaching badge on the club’s website and the EFL website for a minimum of seven days.

• Clubs must include at least one suitably qualified BAME candidate (where an application has been received) on the interview shortlist for that position.

• Clubs must appoint the successful candidate on the basis of merit alone.

• Clubs must provide details of the recruitment process to the EFL, including the number of BAME applicants and the number of BAME candidates interviewed.

• Clubs will be permitted to fill a position by promoting an internal candidate (from a position requiring a UEFA A or B coaching badge only) without applying the above process.  However, the position vacated by that individual must be filled in accordance with the new regulations.


Voluntary Recruitment Code in First Team Football


• During the season, clubs will be expected to interview one or more BAME candidate for any First Team managerial/coaching role (where an application has been received) in instances where they run a full recruitment process.

• During the close season, clubs will be expected to run a full recruitment process for any First Team managerial/coaching role during which they must interview one or more BAME candidates (where an application has been received).

Clubs piloting the Voluntary Recruitment Code during 2016/17: Championship: Birmingham City, Fulham, Huddersfield Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers. League One: Chesterfield, Coventry City, Millwall and Peterborough United. League Two: Accrington Stanley and Carlisle United. 



This coming season, the EFL will pilot a new format for the EFL Trophy (formerly the Johnstone's Paint Trophy) as part of their ongoing commitment to creating more and better home grown players. 

The one-season trial for season 2016/17 will include 64 teams made up of EFL League One and Two clubs, plus an additional 16 category one Premier League under-21 sides. It's unlikely, but Albion's under-21s could also feature if enough Premier League under-21 sides choose not to opt in. 

Central to the competition will be the introduction of a new group stage format with 16 regional groups of four teams.  The top two teams will progress to the knockout stages of the competition with the final staged at Wembley Stadium in April 2017. 

Full details for 2016/17’s competition will be finalised within the next 14 days. 


With regard to discussions around the Whole Game Solution proposals, EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said, "I would like to commend clubs for engaging in an open-minded and thought provoking discussion of these important matters. 

"As outlined at outset, any decisions can only be made by clubs themselves and it was therefore essential that they had the opportunity to hear more about the thinking that has underpinned the Board's approach and were able to debate all the relevant issues. 

"Clubs have asked for more information, further consultation and the opportunity to discuss additional matters at subsequent meetings during 2016/17. 

“In parallel, we will develop discussions with the FA and Premier League alongside other stakeholders across football, as we look to find what is best for the English game."


Following a proposal from Albion chief executive Paul Barber, Championship clubs agreed that the current play-off format should be reviewed to reflect a greater advantage to higher placed teams. Barber proposed two alternative schemes:

one that included an automatic right for the third placed club to proceed directly to the final; and another that saw 3rd and 4th place clubs each have two chances to reach the Final in one-off fixtures. The League's executive will now look in more detail at Barber's suggestions, as well as consider other formats to re-vamp what has been a highly popular addition to the end of the league season, as part of the League's further work on the Whole Game Solution. 

- Clubs ratified the appointment of Ian Lenagan as the new Chairman of the EFL with immediate effect, as well as the re-appointment of Independent Director, Richard Bowker.

- Following FIFA's withdrawal of consent for the EFL's emergency loan system, clubs have agreed to a number of measures aimed at easing the transition to the revised arrangements, including:

• A player registered on a standard loan may continue to play non-first team football for his parent club during the term of his loan period.

• Clubs will be permitted to sign a goalkeeper on a seven day ‘emergency loan’ basis if they do not have a senior goalkeeper that has made 5 starting appearances in first team football.

• Clubs will be able to recall a goalkeeper at 24 hours’ notice from a loan period at another club if they are unable to field two fit goalkeepers in their 18 man matchday squad.

- From 2016/17 clubs will be required to hold at least two meetings/fans forums with a representative group of the club’s supporters, putting into practice commitments made by the EFL as part of the Government’s Expert Working Group on Supporter Ownership and Engagement which made a series of recommendations earlier in 2016.

- EFL regulations relating to transfer payments have been amended to permit the application of a transfer embargo to a club that defaults on sums owed to clubs outside the EFL or Premier League.

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