Harry Redknapp has mentioned he’s happy that plans for the Super League collapsed, however he’s satisfied the West Ham homeowners would have ‘jumped at the likelihood’ to join if requested.
The proposed Super League would have seen the ‘massive six’ kind their very own midweek league with golf equipment round Europe and will have had disastrous results on the sport at all ranges in England.
Writing in The Sun, Redknapp lamented the transfer away from locally-owned golf equipment to ones run by ‘overseas businessmen with no actual affection for the membership, no love for the place.’
The former Hammers supervisor added that West Ham’s homeowners David Gold and David Sullivan, together with Brighton’s Tony Bloom, had been the solely homeowners left who had been followers of the membership they run.
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Redknapp didn’t single out the Hammers homeowners as ones who would have liked to get entangled with The Super League however mentioned all 14 different Premier League golf equipment would have been eager to participate.
“When the 14 who weren’t invited to the proposed Super League had been all kicking off, I had a bit of smile.,” Redknapp wrote.
“If any of them had been requested, I’m certain they’d have jumped at it. If anybody mentioned, ‘Hang on a minute, Man City are out, we’re in search of another person,’ they’d have all had their arms up.”
Redknapp likened the plans for The Super League to these of the ‘thirty ninth sport’ saying that ‘whereas the ESL might have fallen aside due to the followers, there’ll all the time be one thing, it should all the time be about the backside line.’
“Remember a few years in the past there was discuss of enjoying one sport overseas,” Redknapp added.
“Then it would have been two, then 5, then half a season in China, America, throughout the place.
“It’s all about homeowners seeing their funding getting larger. I’ve been there, I’ve seen it. The followers don’t come into the equation for them.”
The ex-Hammer used the instance of Bury’s demise to define the greed in the fashionable sport.
“Look at Bury once they had been going underneath. There are Premier League golf equipment in the space who might have helped out, it would have price them subsequent to nothing, however nobody got here ahead.
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“There is little interest in anybody however themselves. That’s each proprietor, particularly at that degree – it’s all about their membership and nothing else.”
Redknapp warned that whereas the Super League has been thwarted due to fan energy he believes one other plan will emerge sooner reasonably than later.
Because, as Redknapp put it reasonably bluntly: “It will solely ever be about the steadiness sheet and the income.”