Richard Scudamore has rubbished all the suggestion about binning the relegation in football. In fact he’s labelled such an idea as being ‘nonsensical’.
Earlier this week the League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan claimed that the American and Asian owners of Premier League clubs had expressed a desire to do away with the tradition of the English game that has been in place longer than I can remember.
Scudamore however has dismissed such suggestion saying it’s:
(a), I could never see it; and (b), there’s been no serious debate about it at all.
It’s just a nonsensical starting point… it’s scare-mongering of the worst order in my view. There is absolutely no appetite for it. You just can’t make statements without being able to back it up.
I’m probably the person sitting with the most evidence. I speak to the clubs on a regular basis. I speak to all the owners – both foreign and British – on a very regular basis and there’s no appetite for it whatsoever.
Ok, of course I was jesting about us, I’m sure we won’t end up in the relegation zone, nowhere near it but the thought of not witnessing a relegation battle each season would be awful.
Maybe if we all supported one of the sides who ends up down the bottom of the league, we may feel different but that good old tussle is very important, just as the one at the top is each season.
Both fights are about money, at the top of the league, and I mean any league, it’s all about promotion and financial award for that achievement or just plain survival in a league which pays well through television viewing.
Added to that, a relegation battle can so often play its part in who wins a league, again, any league and I am sure that in the Premier League it’s played it’s part on many an occasion, not only to who wins the league but deciding who qualifies for the European Competitions.
When teams are battling for survival, it so often brings out the fight in them, maybe the best of them so to kiss that all goodbye would be so wrong, and a sad day for English football..
Thankfully, Scudamore is very much on the ball, long may that remain eh….
Bloody foreign owners, not only do they want to buy the league, they want to destroy its history too…..
Finally, Wenger confirmed yesterday that Carl Jenkinson will be out for the next two matches, his return should be for the Chelsea fixture.
Good, I think most of us feared the worst…
Have a good day all….