Board says NO to play-offs – thanks a lot, Big Four!
Look, but don’t touch, non-Big Fourers
This year’s Premier League has been brilliant – one of the best campaigns ever – but it is an exception. As with the last however many years, next time around it should go back to usual.
The usual being the Big Four versus everyone else.
At a push, big spenders Man City might cause a slight ripple, with the Big Four slowly morphing into a Big Five. But you can forget about six and seven, man. Those teams are history.
All of which makes the news of a “no go” on the plans to use a play-off competition to secure the last Champions League spot a bit of a downer. The word from today’s Telegraph being that certain teams just weren’t feeling it. Can you guess who?
Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, said this:
“The main topic of discussion was the Champions League play-off for that fourth qualifying place.”
“We gave a lot of discussion, a lot of detail, a lot of data. But there was not enough support to take the idea forward, so we won’t be discussing that proposal any further.”