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Wycombe to close Youth pipeline

The new system for running Academies the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) is thought too risky for Supporters' Trust who are poised to take over at Wycombe Wanderers and have decided to close the club's youth system.

In a statement, the club cited "financial limitations" and the "increased demands" of the EPPP.


The youth pipeline has produced promising youngsters such as Blackpool winger Matt Phillips and Wolves defender Roger Johnson.

"Wanderers were opposed to the EPPP from the outset, voting against the proposal at a meeting alongside fellow Football League clubs in October," the club statement continued.

"However, the ruling was passed and the club believes it is certain to change the way in which Football League clubs are able to operate at youth level."

And the Trust, which is set to take over the club from current owner Steve Hayes, remains hopeful that it will be able to reintroduce a youth programme at some point in the future.

Wycombe are the only club in the 72 Football League clubs without any form of youth development in 2012/13.

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