Chairman, Daniel Levy, commented: “We at Tottenham Hotspur have promoted and lobbied for this rule change for some time and we are absolutely delighted our proposal was supported by member clubs.”
“It’s important that there is a level playing field across all competitions. We constantly refer to ourselves as the most attractive footballing league in the world, but in order to both maintain that label and improve our competitive edge, it is important to give our managers and coaches greater choice on the substitutes bench, enabling them to be more creative tactically. That was the objective behind us bringing this proposal to the table.”
“Additionally, it should also mean that younger players from the academy can be given an opportunity to break into the First Team.”
The Club is delighted that its proposal to amend Rule E26 was approved at the Premier League Chairman’s meeting this week. The Rule change will see the number of substitutes named for Premier League games increase from five to seven - and will be implemented from the start of next season, 2008-09 onwards.The current rule allows for five nominated substitutes and has remained unchanged for 12 years. It means the League falls into line with major European leagues, UEFA and international tournaments in allowing seven substitutes.