Gary Neville makes Chelsea claim in response to UK government's decision
Gary Neville expressed his agreement over the reported plans to design a new independent body to regulate English football after recent events, including Chelsea’s having to operate under a strict government licence.
As first reported by Sky News, the UK government, or more specifically its department for digital, culture, media, and sport (DCMS), has hired New York-based consultancy firm Oliver Wyman to work on several aspects, including the possible establishment of an independent regulator for English football (IREF).
The situation around Chelsea’s ownership may have played a part in the decision, but the idea of an independent regulator has been there for a while, particularly during the European Super League plans.
Neville is clearly on board with the establishment of the IREF.
“Very positive,” the former Manchester United defender wrote on Twitter in response to the news.
“The ESL, Derby [County], Chelsea, [and] Newcastle [United] situations all demonstrate the need for regulation and independence.
“It won’t be long before a 14-club Premier League pact is formed behind the scenes to alter the landscape! Speed [is] essential!”
Chelsea fan protest against ESL outside Stamford Bridge last year eventually pushed the club to withdraw as an ESL founding member.
It is safe to say that many Blues fans will support an independent regulatory body if it can prevent another ESL saga from happening again.
It remains unclear, however, whether the IREF will change the way the clubs are owned.