Newcastle United have responded to the plans made by the ‘big six’ Premier League clubs for a European Super League.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal have all agreed to become founding members of the competition, which is an alternative to the Champions League.
A statement released on Sunday night said the intention was to launch the tournament ‘as soon as practicable’.
‘Big six’ could be thrown out of Premier League
The Premier League have threatened to ban the six English clubs involved if they go ahead with the idea.
According to Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekhol, there are calls from some of the other 14 top-flight clubs to suspend those involved from the current Premier League season, and Newcastle are among those to indicate their opposition.
According to Lee Ryder on Twitter, “#nufc sources indicate they would be completely against Euro Super League plans”. The Magpies are currently 15th in the table, eight points above the relegation zone.
Mehrdad Ghodoussi from prospective buyers PCP Capital Partners added on Monday morning that the “essence of the game and its competitive nature” was under threat.
Transfer Tavern verdict
In theory, clubs like Newcastle would benefit from the expulsion of the ‘big six’. Under new ownership, they could feasibly be one of the frontrunners in a much more closely-contested league.
In reality, though, the value of TV and sponsorship deals would likely plummet with the fracturing of the sport, and the clubs themselves would in turn become far less valuable.
In other news, Ryder delivered a promising update on the takeover.
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