Gary Neville’s The Overlap: Richard Scudamore says Super League flawed from the start – but will lead to changes

Former Premier League government chairman Richard Scudamore has informed Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville “life will never be the same again” following the tried European Super League breakaway. 

Speaking on The Overlap, Neville’s new YouTube channel, Scudamore warned that whereas the mission was doomed to failure, the involvement of six Premier League golf equipment – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – had irretrievably modified English soccer.

“I absolutely knew to my core that fundamentally the fan base and the fabric that is English football wouldn’t let it happen,” Scudamore informed Neville as he mirrored on the whirlwind seven days that rocked soccer.

“For English football, it is just so flawed and the idea that they couldn’t see it…I don’t need to name names, but reading some of the apologies, where one said ‘we spent a lot of time thinking about what our fans would want us to do’, and yet they didn’t spend one iota talking to those fans who have reacted.

“You do not know the place to start with the contempt for the ailing-thought-by means of nature of the complete factor.”

While the six Premier League golf equipment did withdraw from the league following the overwhelming public backlash to the plans, Scudamore has warned there will have to be ‘penalties’ for his or her tried breakaway.

“I do not imagine life will ever be the similar after final Sunday. There will be changes as the actions of the six have altered a few of the dynamic ceaselessly. I’d like to assume the six will get again round the desk sooner or later – not instantly as there’s an excessive amount of anger on the market proper now – but there will be constructive dialogue the place there will be some changes.

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“It might be self-regulatory change, and there may be some external regulatory change. It’s inevitable.”

Asked particularly whether or not the golf equipment needs to be punished, Scudamore replied: “I don’t want to go there as it’s not my job, but there has to be some consequences. It can’t happen without there being consequences, and something has to be extracted for what they’ve done…I won’t go into what but something has to be handed out.”

Scudamore was additionally dismissive of Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid president, over his position in the tried breakaway.

“Let him try to [antagonise] the Premier League, I wouldn’t have a message for him. Let Europe deal with that. He’s not going to get what he wants when it comes to the European Super League. Who knows which six clubs it’ll be in a year, five years, 10 years’ time.

“When you have a look at the temerity of the complete factor with these six golf equipment, it was a slice in time. If you’d gone again 10 years, it could’ve been a distinct six and one other totally different six 20 years in the past. It cannot occur, and I’m probably not curious about what Perez and a few of the others have to say fairly frankly.”

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But, in the week that Neville himself has insisted only government intervention can prevent a proposed breakaway emerging again, Scudamore remains adamant that independent regulation isn’t required.

“I completely haven’t modified my view relating to whether or not an impartial regulation is required. I really feel that soccer is match for function, essentially as skilled soccer is constructed round promotion and relegation. The most offensive a part of the European Super League amongst different issues was the closed system – which is full anathema.

“No matter how unrealistic your expectations, the idea that you can form a team behind the Dog & Duck pub and work your way up through the pyramid – whether that be Salford City or anyone else – you can get to the top.

“It’s an older precept that even promotion and relegation, and essentially these two issues do not alter. The regulatory framework which manages these issues is not straightforward. Promotion and relegation is the lifeblood of it, and followers have made that clear.

“But the other key factor is the finances of football, and that’s no more straightforward for an independent regulator who will not know as much about that as the clubs themselves. Self-regulation is about the clubs and the leagues coming up with a framework that allows things to breathe.”

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