jackos wrote:Wouldn't the best option be to respond "off you fuck" to the clubs who fancy joining the EFL? If they want to relegate themselves why not let them? The FA controls what happens in English football, it has it's golden share, and it controls which clubs entre the champions league. If Fenway and the Glazers want to go it alone, "off you fuck". The only reason the top European clubs haven't broken away from UEFA and their national associations is because they know it isn't in their best interests. Fuck them if they want to try. Let AFC United be the biggest Association FC in Manchester if their neighbours owners think they have a product they can sell independently.
Yep! Weirdly the prospect of going into the EFL a few years ago wouldn't have been that bad for them with Leeds, Villa, WBA, Sheff Utd in there. At the moment the only largeish clubs in the champ are Forest, Derby and Maybe sheff wed.
I'd agree with your key point though - if a European super League was such a great idea, then it would have happened by now. It hasn't as for most big teams the national League is still regarded as the bedrock of competition.
Certain aspects of this deal I can live with - I like abolishing parachute payments and giving the money more evenly to the EFL - but it needs to be phased in with mandatory relegation clauses. I am not too fussed about abolishing the league cup or charity shield. However the power grab can fuck off, as can the TV money.
I suspect this will end with a compromise - the real prize for the Americans is getting some games on PPV and replacing the league cup with more lucrative Harlem Globetrotters style preseason friendlies.