I personally couldn’t disagree more. This is a competition that’s nearly 60 years old and is part of English football fabric. The competition is really important for the whole football league and allows teams further down the opportunity of going head to head with the ‘big’ clubs with the bonus of a significant financial boost. I agree it’s behind the FA cup, Premier League or European cups in importance but to compare it to pre season competitions is laughable. I’d value this more than a charity shield or super cup where only two team compete. This is a proper competition, that we’ve never won and when we are only playing in three competitions this season we have to (& I’m sure will) take it seriously.