David Moyes could be right about rebranding the League Cup to the 'British Cup'

Moyes' revolution

Recently, the West Ham United boss has put forth a very debatable idea for the League Cup. This comes after the two-time winner, Pep Guardiola, stated the competition should be scraped to ease the fixture list in English football - a list which has been largely criticised for some time.

Moyes believes that the League Cup should not be scraped, however, and that the Scottish teams should be added into the competition and be renamed the 'British Cup'. The former Celtic player believes the addition of the Glasgow giants could appeal more to TV companies and therefore bring in more money for those that compete.

Ultimately, it certainly brings more appeal to the organisation than what currently exists, which, naturally, ups the numbers on the cheque for everyone. Regardless, who wouldn't want to see an Old Firm semi-final, or a Rangers versus Liverpool final?

After all, the debate still continues on whether or not Celtic and Rangers would survive in the English Premier League, so, why not give it a try?

The 'Mickey Mouse' Cup

The "Mickey Mouse Cup" was initially coined by Manchester United fans to disparage Liverpool's success at winning the League Cup whilst United were elsewhere winning the Premier League.

In reality, the League Cup has been the competition that splits opinion like no other in English football. It's one of those tournaments that doesn't have a dramatic windfall if you win, nor does it boast much of a prestigious name compared to the FA Cup, either.

In the modern era, it's a competition which top clubs tend to use to test their youngsters and give their main men a night off. Which, considering that the prize money equals that of a weekly wage for most players at Manchester City, is understandable.

At the end of the day, why would Jurgen Klopp risk his star players when the there are many more important games to be played elsewhere? Yes, it is a trophy. But is it worth the risk? Unless you're not challenging for a European spot, it's hard to say it is.

The uproar in France

First and foremost, a cup is a cup and just because a gargantuan club like City doesn't want it, doesn't mean an Oxford United or Exeter City want it gone as well. In reality, it's their Champions League final, their lottery, and their best chance at winning a major trophy.

In truth, whilst the reported £200,000 prize money might only fund a percentage of Paul Pogba's wage for a week, it could help Macclesfield Town avoid their recent six-point deduction in their right for survival in the Football League.

Last year, much to the anger of many fans across Europe, the French Football League chose to suspend it's League Cup from 2020/21 onwards. This has ultimately meant that the winners, 15th-placed RC Strasbourg, may never win another trophy and earn the money they so desperately deserve.

Essentially, this was Strasbourg's pinnacle and their success granted them passage into the Europa League play-offs. Now, a team that fights relegation will not get this chance again, just one year after winning the trophy.

Is it too far to travel?

There is, however, one major issue with this rebranding - the travelling.

At the end of the day, I don't think many Plymouth Argyle fans are going to want to travel the 641 miles to Inverness Caledonian Thistle, should the League Two side be drawn against the Scottish Championship outfit, although, it would certainly be an intriguing encounter.

Certainly, it would be a pricey trip for both fan and club and probably require two days off work for the hardcore fans making the journey.

I guess it's one to tell the grandkids, however.

It benefits everyone

Ultimately, the English football season is too hectic, especially for those in Europe. For example, as of January 22, Wolverhampton Wanderers have already played 38 games in all competitions - the equivalent of a full Premier League season.

However, scrapping a League Cup - which only adds a maximum of six games to the calendar - isn't going to be the difference between fatigue and a spurt of energy.

In truth, for all involved, it will increase popularity and therefore increase the prize money. Plus, it will add more respect to the trophy, thus making it more prestigious. And, most importantly, it will still give youth, fans and lower-levelled clubs a chance at stardom.

At the end of the day, who wouldn't want to be named the British Cup champions? Moyes has came up with something very appealing here, and we should all listen to this idea.


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