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RUFC - Is The 'Selection Rule' In The JPT Fair?

While Rotherham United get ready to take on Hartlepool United in the quarter finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy I got to wondering how fair the competition actually was.

Before the last round Swindon Town Manager Mark Cooper had a moan to the media about the selection rule in the competition with Preston North End Manager Simon Grayson also miffed by the rule.

The rule states that six players who started the previous game should also start the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie - meaning that you can only make five changes for the game. We've seen teams get round this by starting with six of the previous players who played but then subbing three of them very early in the game.

When this rule was first introduced I presume it was thought it was for the good of the competition meaning that teams wouldn't put their 'young unused players' in but, on the other hand, you have a squad of players so why can't you use your full squad? And isn't it good for the players who probably wouldn't get many chances of first team games to play in this competition?

Our own Steve Evans has said that he will probably make as many changes as he is allowed on Tuesday night - although two are enforced changes as Kari Arnason and Michael O'Connor are away on International duty.

Let's be honest to a lot of clubs this competition means very little unless they get to the Wembley - to the fans as well - and I have to say I feel it's just a set of games that puts your best players in the 'shop window' while they can also get injured/booked/sent-off which won't help you in the league.

So, what do you think? Should the rules be revised and Manager's be able to play who they want? Or do you think the competition is fine just as it is?

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Date:Monday November 11 2013

Time: 7:46AM

 

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