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Mon, 19 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0100

talkSPORT is your one-stop shop for all the latest reaction to the stunning ESL developments


Scotland legend Ally McCoist blasted the likes of Liverpool and 

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.The Premier League’s ‘bix six’ have been slammed for their shameless ‘greed’ and for tearing up the foundations they were built on by agreeing to join a new European Super League (ESL).Liverpool, Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have signed up as founders of the controversial breakaway league with the bombshell plans confirmed on Sunday.Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan are the other six European giants involved, and while Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are currently missing from the list, it is anticipated three more will join as founding members.In a statement, the ESL revealed plans to begin ‘as soon as practicable’ and will eventually feature 20 teams.But the plans have sparked a widespread backlash from all levels of the game, with suggestions the six English clubs could be kicked out of the Premier League as a result, while there are threats players will be banned from all European and international competition – including the World Cup.talkSPORT is your one-stop shop for all the latest reaction to the stunning ESL developments.Scotland legend Ally McCoist blasted the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United on Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast, for disgracing their working class roots and giving into corporate greed,And he said legendary former managers Sir Matt Busby and Bill Shankly would be ‘turning in their graves’.It will be a new European competition between 20 top clubsAC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as the inital 12 foundersThree more founding clubs will join while a further five teams will qualify annually based on achievements in the prior seasonGames will be played in midweek and all clubs will remain in their domestic leaguesThere will be two groups of 10 clubs each, playing home and away fixtures within the group each yearThe top three in each group will automatically qualify for the quarter-finals Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positionsA two-leg knockout format will then be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue“It’s just one word, it’s ‘greed’, that’s all it is,” said McCoist, who added he would be ‘so against’ Rangers and Celtic eventually joining the breakaway.“It’s embarrassing, actually.“It goes against all the principles all these clubs were formed and built on and I just find it really really sad.

I’m a mixture of sad, angry, disappointing.“Great clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United who were built on a work ethic and an ethos of the working class, and they’re just embarrassed themselves, they’ve scored an unbelievable own goal.

It’s horrendous, it really is.“I’m thinking about people like Sir Matt Busby and Bill Shankly, they must be turning in their graves.

It’s obscene.<img loading="lazy" alt="“The socialism I believe in isn’t really politics.

It is a way of living.

I believe the only way to live and be truly successful is by collective effort, with everyone working for each other, everyone helping each other, and everyone having a share of the rewards at the end of the day.

That might be asking a lot, but it’s the way I see football and it’s the way I see life.” – Bill Shankly” src=”″ class=”alignnone size-thesun-article-image wp-image-704969″ width=”960″ height=”620″ />“In the current climate and what the world has gone through, it’s just a sign of greed that is frankly unacceptable and unbelievable.”Supporters have also hit back at the plans, with over 50 per cent of fans voting on a talkSPORT poll claiming they would STOP SUPPORTING their team if the ESL goes ahead.And former Manchester United striker Andy Cole and ex-Arsenal winger Perry Groves are in their side.Honestly, would you watch the European Super League? “It’s just pure greed and I think real football fans will get the hump with it,” Groves told talkSPORT on Sunday. “Without fans, well we’ve seen what football is like without fans during COVID.

The Premier League, everything about our football, it’s all about the fans, the fans make the atmosphere.“So this is an absolute nonsense.“I played for Arsenal, Coley played for Man United, so we could be sitting here saying, ‘we’re alright, it’s going to protect our clubs’…”“But as football fans you have to say, it’s not right,” added Cole.Groves continued: “It should be on how good you are, not your history and what you’ve won before and how big a club you are – that’s not sport!”This service is provided on talkSPORT Ltd’s Terms of Use in accordance with our Privacy Policy..


Mon, 19 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0100

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talkSPORT 39;Bill Shankly and Sir Matt Busby will be turning in their graves