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Exclusive – Piers Morgan: ‘Give Champions League spot to FA Cup winners!’

first_imgAwarding a Champions League place to the winners of the FA Cup is the only way to make the world’s oldest football competition credible again, claims Piers Morgan.The journalist and man-of-many-opinions was a special guest co-host alongside Adrian Durham on Friday’s Drivetime show.A famous and fierce Arsenal fan, while delighted by his beloved club’s back-to-back wins, Morgan is dismayed by how the majority of the Premier League’s top teams no longer honour the tournament by fielding their strongest sides.Aside from the Champions League, cup competitions are often seen as a hindrance by the teams vying for the top flight title, with rivals Chelsea and Manchester City suffering shock fourth round exits at the hands of League One Bradford and Championship outfit Middlesbrough respectively last term.Morgan blames former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for the FA Cup’s decline, and believes the only way to make the competition prestigious again is to take the final Champions League qualification spot away from the fourth place in the league, and hand it to the cup winners.“I know Arsenal have won it the last two years, but we’ve beaten Hull and Aston Villa in the final and last year’s game in particular was a complete walkover,” the guest co-host said on Drivetime.“In a tournament where none of the big sides field anything like a first team for most of the rounds, to me you can’t take it as seriously as it used to be.“The reason the FA Cup got killed off was Sir Alex Ferguson.“He didn’t defend the trophy in the late 90’s – I was editor of the Mirror at the time and we campaigned vigorously to save the FA Cup because I could see the credibility of the competition dying if the champions didn’t try and defend their title.“To me, and I’ve felt this for a while, there’s only one way to make the FA Cup a proper prestige trophy again for English clubs, and that is to make the fourth Champions League place go to the winner.“Then I can guarantee you all the big boys would play their top teams.”Do you agree with Morgan? Take part in the poll and have your say in the comments below…last_img read more