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Five Subs Ruling Will Be A Game-By-Game Consideration

20 June 2022

Crewe Alexandra manager Alex Morris says he will take it as it comes in regards to the five-substitution rule that will be re-introduced in the EFL next season. Morris says that it is hard to say if the ruling will benefit clubs with smaller squads to operate with or will only benefit those with bigger, deeper squad options.

Morris told the club’s official website: “It is hard to say if the five substitute ruling will benefit us or not or whether it will just benefit the bigger squads with more depth.

“If you are using five substitutes you could argue that things are not going so well on the pitch that you have to change half the team. In that respect you are replacing starting players, and they have been identified in the first place as players who you believe give you the best chance of winning the game.

“Whereas if you are winning games, you are less likely to make substitutions unless you are winning 3-0, 4-0 in the final 10 minutes and you don’t usually have that comfort.

He added: “It will be a case of seeing where we are on a week-by-week basis with it and I am sure the other 23 managers in the league will be thinking the same thing.”

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