Scrapping FA Cup replays ‘could kill off smaller clubs’, warns League One boss

first_img Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon greets former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as their sides meet in the FA Cup 1 Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon has warned the Football Association that scrapping FA Cup replays could kill off smaller clubs.Reports on Tuesday claimed replays could be shelved to help ease fixture congestion, while ties could also be moved to midweek.READ: ‘We’re not afraid of change’, Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn tells talkSPORTLeague One Shrewsbury are still in the cup and are hoping to pull off a huge fifth-round shock when they host Manchester United at Greenhous Meadow on Monday.Last season, League Two side Cambridge expected to net around £1.5million from their televised fourth-round replay at Old Trafford, which they lost 3-0.Mellon is not thinking about any return tie against United yet as he eyes an upset in Shropshire but insisted lower league sides need the cash boost a replay brings.“We could lose clubs. Replays keep clubs afloat. I don’t know many clubs at this level making money,” he said.“We wash our own face and teeter on and make sure we’re not in any debt. To get that extra money in will only help us improve our football club.“That [taking away replays] would kill us. That’s the dream for anybody at this level. To go and play and prove you can function at those levels.“If you give us less of a chance of doing that it takes a massive part of the romance out of the cup. I want this to be what it is, it’s a massive day for us.“We’re not over-awed by it. We’re really determined we’ll go and enjoy it and get heavily involved in it.“If you take away that chance of playing at those big stadiums English football loses a massive thing.”last_img

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