Jamie O'Hara slammed for 'nonsense' idea of reforming Premier League to just 18 teams to 'get rid of the dross'

FORMER Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara believes the Premier League should be reduced to 18 teams to 'get rid of the dross'.

The 35-year-old hit out at Norwich for flipping between the Championship and top-flight regularly in recent years.

O'Hara labelled Daniel Farke's side as an 'embarrassment' after losing six out of their opening seven matches this season.

And the Canaries are yet to win any of their last 17 matches in the Premier League across the 2019-20 and 2021-22 campaigns, with the club losing a whopping 16 times.

Speaking on talkSPORT, O'Hara wants to see fewer 'pointless' games to increase the level of competition.

He said: "There are 20 teams in the Premier League and it’s almost getting ridiculous with Norwich. They are yet to win a game.

"Where are other teams involved in this – Southampton, Newcastle, Burnley and Norwich yet to win a league match this season.

“It starts to raise the question for me, Norwich have come into the Premier league again and are the whipping boys.


“I said it at the start of the season and I took a load of stick from Norwich fans who were saying ‘we’re going to have a go this season, we spent money, we’re going to be there’.

“Again they are showing they are an embarrassment to the Premier League. They’ve got one point and it’s just ridiculous.

"It raises the question of all these players being fatigued, too many games, the big teams looking at doing the Super League, which I’m against, but I think they are starting to get the hump with irrelevant football matches.

“I think you could drop it down to 18 teams and you get rid of the dross. Get rid of the teams who are no good, who are killing the Premier League, because it has got to such heights now.

“These games where you’ve got Norwich getting beaten all the time, coming up and just killing the Premier League, it’s just pointless.”

Presenter Laura Woods was strongly against the proposal, as she remarked: "I'm just trying not to bite here, I'm trying really hard not to bite."

Before adding: "They've [Norwich] earned the right to be promoted, they've earned the right to be there, if you drop it down to 18 there are still going to be some rubbish teams."

Ally McCoist then weighed in on the debate, as he simply stated: "I think that his idea is nonsense."

Fans were also quick to slam the idea, as one tweeted: "There are bad takes and then there's this."

Another said: "I understand he says things for views. But he gets paid thousands of pounds to talk absolute nonsense."

A third added: "Anyone who advocates the Premier League being reduced to 18 teams is a f****** clown."

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