To be honest, I think it is relevant. It links to people's views of the bottom-up equal opportunity argument. I think if you continually dismiss other people's arguments as pointless, that's what derails a thread.
yes that was the question , despite certain posters trying to derail it with references to amateur clubs 120 years ago
IYO , is it viable , and how would you do it ?
Do I think it's viable to bring a club in to the European SL from outside of the British system? Without a doubt. It's happened already with Catalans. Whether that was/is the best way is what's probably up for debate.
Do I think going through the Championship or League 1 is the best way? My initial reaction is no, but I want to think about it a bit more. It didn't work last time, but circumstances have changed. You can't ignore either points.
For me, there are fors and againsts for every method. I just want to look into which has the most fors and the least againsts, and which ones are realistic enough or viable enough considering our limited resources. It's easy to say "stick them straight in SL" but if there isn't the investment, it wouldn't work. But if there is, it probably would, but then there are other negatives to that method.
This is a HUGE topic. I think it's good beyond just talking about Toulouse, and to be honest probably deserves it's own thread. (And this thread deserves it to have a separate thread as well to be honest).