Pat Nevin says he isn’t surprised that Chelsea could be involved in the potential formation of a new European Super League, speaking to BBC Breakfast.
Every corner of the footballing world was shocked following the announcement of this exclusive competition for 12 of the continent’s most powerful clubs.
Chelsea, alongside the Premier League ‘Big Six’, three teams from Italy and Spain, would form this privileged tournament that could have detrimental affects on the sporting pyramid.
Its formation is widely recognised as a way of leaching more money into the owners already financially full pockets.
New sponsorship deals, fresh broadcast rights, more funding. All would be encompassed in this controversial league that seems purely commercial.
And this economic gain is why Nevin believed Chelsea and the other teams agreed to the construction.
The former Blues wingers said: “I would be absolutely shocked if they hadn’t signed up for it to be honest with you.
“You have to look at it from a business point of view, or any of the club’s business points of view.
“If they are not on that list and they get left behind, then the business model is gone. Whether its Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, whatever.
“If you are not on that group and it does go ahead and it leaves the station and you’re standing on, you might feel a bit skint.
“I can understand why the biggest clubs are certainly standing on the train, not knowing if he it’s going to move off the platform or not.”
There is a wide spread agreement that the concept of a Super League is a rotten idea.
Sides from Germany and France have already established they would not be signing up, whilst high-profile names in the industry haven’t shied away from their disgust.
No confirmation of its creation has been confirmed. But plenty could change in a short space of time, as proven just recently.