Grimsby Telegraph

Ex-Town boss hits out at Euro Super League plans


FORMER Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway has made a bizarre claim about the controvers­ial European Super League - saying the proposals are a betrayal to the memory of Prince Philip.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have all confirmed they are among 12 teams to have agreed to join the new league.

They are joined by Italian sides AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus, as well as Spanish sides Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, with three more set to be added.

The formation of the ESL was announced on Sunday, with the new setup stating the founding clubs had agreed to establish a “new midweek competitio­n” and would continue to “compete in their respective national leagues”.

The move though has been widely condemned, with FIFA and UEFA both saying they would not recognise such a competitio­n, while critics have argued the move has been driven purely by money. As always, former Town boss Holloway - who has been ridiculed by supporters since his departure from the Mariners in December - had his own bizarre take on the news when he spoke to talkSPORT on Monday.

Holloway said: “I don’t know about you, but I spent time watching Prince Philip’s funeral on the weekend and for the first time in a long time I was really proud of being British. “This morning, that’s just gone away. That man was so selfless in his life and I wanted us to come out of his pandemic caring about other people more than ourselves, but the opposite is happening.

“I am totally outraged and absolutely disgusted in how selfish some people can be. “The game belongs to supporters, not them and I have never seen anything like it. I’ve written down some things saying ‘who is actually in charge?’ That’s the worrying thing for me.

“The Government could have taken over this and now they’re not and we might lose football. Do we want these people who are that selfish who don’t want teams being relegated? That’s not the whole point, is it? “Action needs to be taken, it’s not good enough to say ‘no you can’t do it’.

“It’s not strong enough - they should be relieved of their positions and stripped of their clubs.”

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Ian Holloway.

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