The revelation made by Richard Bevan – Chief Executive of the League Managers Association – that several overseas owned Premier League clubs are planning to propose doing away with relegation from England’s top flight, has been met with the widespread disapproval of many influential figures in the game, including that of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Herald
Specifically the Manchester United manager offered the following damning verdict on the issue of the Premier League becoming a closed shop. “I think that would be absolute suicide for the rest of the League and particularly teams in the Championship. You might as well lock the doors. The only place you can make money and realise your ambitions is in the Premier League.”
The sentiments of Fergie’s statement were echoed by his Chelsea counterpart Andre Vilas Boas, and various chairmen from both the Premier League and Championship, including Wigan’s Dave Whelan and Ken Bates of Leeds.
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