Manchester City academy chief Mark Allen has explained why they've withdrawn from next season's Premier League reserves comp.
Allen insists the reserves remain a major part of the pyramid at City.
He told City's website: "We found it just a little bit too rigid in terms of fixtures. This will allow us the scope for a flexible games programme.
"We can also take advantage of playing games further afield as we engage more with some of the clubs we have close relations with in Europe and across the UK."