HOLDSWORTH SUPPORTS 3 UP, 3 DOWN
Stags boss backs call for three up, three down between Blue Square and League
Evening Post, 25 June 2010
DAVID Holdsworth has backed the call for a three-up, three-down system between the Blue Square Premier and Football League.
Only two teams are currently promoted to the country's elite 92 each year – one automatically and one through the play-offs.
A petition has been started to lobby the Football League on the issue and it has Holdsworth's full support.
"It's mad, bonkers, that two go up out of our division and four from League Two to League One. It should be uniform across the board," he said.
"I would support any move for three to go up. You look at the number of ex-League sides in this division and you can see why there are plenty of managers who would advocate that scenario.
"If you look at the league above, then there are certainly a number of clubs from our division who could compete at that level.
"Look at the fan base. We are blessed with some tremendous fans here and other clubs in the league above us are scraping the barrel. I find it strange it has not already happened."
Holdsworth believes it would make not only the Blue Square Premier ultra competitive, but also raise standards at the lower end of League Two.
He added: "It would put some of the clubs in the higher division under pressure. We want to get out of this division and we know it is unforgiving on teams who work hard without reward."
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