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HARRIS EURO PLAN FOR WELSH EXILES

TNS boss Mike Harris says the exiles should be offered an InterToto Cup route via the FAW Premier Cup..
TNS boss Mike Harris has entered the exiles argument by urging the FAW to give the Nationwide clubs a consolation place in the Uefa InterToto Cup.
"We were for Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham returning to the Welsh Cup - provided they quit the FA Cup," said Harris.
"Otherwise, they would have had two bites of the cherry in the main cup competitions in England and Wales and that wasn't fair.
"On top of that, their return to the Welsh Cup means the very future of the FAW Premier Cup would have been put in jeopardy - and this is a competition which brings an awful lot of revenue to our clubs.
"Just finishing eighth in our league, and qualifying for the FAW Premier Cup brings in £15,000.
"And speaking of windfalls, Wrexham probably banked in excess of £150,000 from the competition they won last month, which would have helped pay the summer wages."


Harris says the Premier Cup would be given additional status and interest if an InterToto Cup spot were available for the winners.
"I appreciate that, just as with the Welsh Cup, there are big political hurdles to overcome here," Harris went on.
"But look, the InterToto Cup is a different competition to the Champions League or UEFA Cup.
"Like the FAW Premier Cup it is a newish sort of competition. We could even play it in a league sort of format, do things slightly differently.
"There were issues with the return of Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham to the Welsh Cup. But the difference is that they already play in the FAW Premier Cup.
"And there would be no objections whatsoever, as far as I could see, to any of us agreeing to the winners of the competition playing in the InterToto Cup."
The matter may be raised when the FAW Premier Cup board meets in Caersws today.

11 June 2021
 
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