‘The actions of the six have altered some of the dynamic forever’: Former Premier League chief Richard Scudamore insists huge changes are now likely for England’s top flight after executives from breakaway clubs resign from advisory roles
- The chief executives of the Big Six have stood down from Premier League roles
- Richard Scudamore says he expects changes following the breakaway attempt
- Former top-flight chief insists that rules meant split was never going to happen
Richard Scudamore has predicted major changes to how English football is governed in the wake of the ill-fated European Super League.
The former Premier League chief executive, who has been advising current incumbent Richard Masters, claimed trust with the six breakaway clubs had completely eroded given last week’s fallout.
Scudamore insisted that the top flight’s existing rulebook would have prevented the six leaving for the ESL and revealed they had been warned of that prior to this month’s announcement.
Former chief Richard Scudamore insists that big changes are coming for the Premier League
‘I don’t think life will ever be the same,’ Scudamore said. ‘I think there will be changes. The actions of the six have altered some of the dynamic forever.
‘I’d like to think that the six will get back around the table at some point. Not right away because there is too much anger now.
‘Change is inevitable. It might be self-regulatory change and yes, there might be some external regulatory change.
‘There has to be some consequences. Things have to change. Something has to be extracted for what they’ve done by way of undertakings or attitude changes.’
Executives from the clubs involved have resigned from their advisory roles at the Premier League at the request of the division’s other 14 clubs.
Scudamore was speaking to Gary Neville on his new Youtube channel, The Overlap
Talking to Gary Neville on The Overlap, Scudamore added: ‘The board wrote to all 20 Premier League clubs, saying anybody thinking of doing this, think again because there are rules saying you can’t do this without express board permission.
‘There was a line in that letter that said under no circumstances which we could see the board ever giving you permission.
‘I’ve been counselling the clubs for a long time about how unacceptable such a move would be. I’ve been telling them for years it’s a crazy idea and it could never happen.
‘To suddenly break for the border and try to create any form of closed competition is a fraud in its concept.
‘It’s been used as a threat and a bargaining chip for a long time. The temerity of this whole thing is that with these six, it was a slice in time. It’s completely wrong. Go back 10 years and it would’ve been a different six.’
Scudamore told Neville that the breakaway of the Big Six would never have been allowed
Scudamore did rail against the need for outside regulation, however, and maintained the finance trickling down the divisions from the Premier League is sufficient.
‘It doesn’t need independent regulation,’ he said. ‘I didn’t say no to more regulation, I said no to independent regulation. Fairness is a very, very difficult concept. It’s proportionate.
‘I don’t think they are going to give away masses of money to perpetuate the excess all the way down the pyramid.’
The Overlap is a new YouTube channel from Gary Neville in partnership with Sky Bet.