Well thought out post but the argument that they are a financial drain on the competition is not ridiculous. It's a very valid argument. It's fine to weigh that up against a potential / hypothetical long term investment but that doesn't make it ridiculous. If push comes to shove I think it is patently not ridiculous to offload head office backed investments in a hypothetical future that are a massive year on year drain before even thinking stretching clubs that have been around for a bare minimum of 2 decades for the most recent and have financially contributed to the league the whole time.Yep. I'm sure they both have fans and staff who have put a decade of their lives into making these clubs work, often in difficult circumstances. The argument that they are a financial drain on the competition is ridiculous. They are long term investments designed to increase participation and interest in the game in regions with significant population growth.