I was going to let this subject pass, but I really don’t see how I can because it has such massive implications not just for the Villa, but the whole English game.
If anyone hasn’t seen it yet, the story is that £4 billion plus of finance has been lined up for the creation of a European Premier league which might begin as early as 2022.
It’s apparently been instigated by Man United and Liverpool and will involve the usual top 6 and Spurs.
This sort of thing has been rumoured and you could even say threatened (albeit veiled) for a long while and my immediate instinct is to say “Good, it’s about time. They can p*iss off and get on with it”.
I say that because a few clubs are not bigger than the game and shouldn’t be allowed to think they are.
The pure greed of this frankly makes me sick and I’m not even sure what the clubs involved expect to get out of it. Okay, they’ll obviously retain more of the money they get in, because they won’t have to share it amongst so many clubs and those will be on more of a level footing. The likes of Man U won’t be subsidising the likes of Burnley, after all.
But what will this actually achieve for the clubs?
If we take Man Utd as an example, the only people who have benefitted at the club are the Glaziers, who have taken millions out since they took over the club. And all this when the last I saw, the club was a billion quid in debt and many people think they’re at risk of dropping out of the Champions league altogether very soon. Maybe that explains why they want this?
So who has got what to gain?
It seems to me it’s only the Glaziers in this case.
I’m not able to comment on the other club’s finances, because I don’t know. Spurs are struggling financially though, because of the cost of their very nice stadium and I don’t think any clubs are actually making a profit.
So while my first instinct is that I’m not bothered, I have to confess that I am.
Would this be a fixed league, in that there is no promotion or relegation?
I’d expect that’s what the clubs would like, but what would be the point of that exactly?
There’s not much incentive is there?
Here, I’d much prefer that the current Premier league refuse to have anything to do with this and block any association whatsoever. In other words, if you do this you’re finished as part of the English game.
Hey, let’s go the whole hog and the FA should tell the clubs involved that any players would not be eligible for their country either.
I’d love to hear views on those particular thoughts. Am I thinking along the right lines here, or am I deluded?
I suspect it might be the latter and there would be promotion and relegation involved, which I suspect would be enough to keep the powers that be onside with the whole idea. Chucking the rulers of our game a good few quid would no doubt sway opinions. They’re as greedy as the clubs who supposedly want to do this.
The big question is where will the Sky money end up?
Would it follow the departing clubs, who we know are already their favourites by a long way?
Or would it stay with the current league?
That’s a tricky question, but I suspect it would go with the new league. It hurts me to say that, but if you take the top say twenty clubs in Europe the number of fans will dwarf that of any single country.
Here, this could be used as another weapon to hit Sky with. Work with this new league and you’re finished.
It would enable the English game to go back to how it was pre-Sky. A game where winning silverware isn’t restricted to the same small amount of clubs. A game where we might see a Nottingham Forest again, because the game doesn’t rely on just money and anything is possible.
Sadly I don’t see this happening either. The powers that be wouldn’t want to go backwards and the thought of less money? Heaven forbid.
Even if it meant it would be good for the game.
And then, it would just be an incredibly sad thing to see. It simply shouldn’t be allowed to happen and those in charge of our game ought to fight this to the death. Or at least until the wantaway clubs give up on the idea.
Guess what though?
I don’t think that would happen either as they don’t have the balls to lay the law dowm.
Of course, the fans’ thoughts won’t matter one bit.
But I’d love to know what their fans think of the whole proposal?
Bearing in mind that given the improved standard of the oppostion, it wouldn’t surprise me if increased prices were involved for those wanting to watch.