CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT
Twelve of the biggest football (soccer) clubs in the history of organised sport are this week facing a PR disaster of monumental proportions.
European football administrators, players and bodies have threatened to boycott any of these major clubs that join a villainous breakaway competition, one that would see them compete in an exclusive tournament every year without even having to qualify.
The Premier League’s ‘big six’ — Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham — are at the centre of the backlash, after it was confirmed that all of their owners have signed up to join the proposed competition.
Liverpool FC, a club synonymous with the working man, has faced the most backlash from their fans for what they believe to be a greedy decision that would boost their own profit margins without the risk of ever being relegated to a lower competition.
Liverpool is now in damage control, with even the club manager Jurgen Klopp declaring he was not consulted by the club’s owners decision to sign up to a Super League – and criticised plans for the competition’s proposed format.
However, the widespread criticisms have done little to change the minds of the club’s money-grubbing owners – an American company named Fenway Sports Group that also owns Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox, as well as rival club Manchester United.
The owners appear delighted at the prospect of their European assets joining an American-style competition, where a club can keep playing for a title each year no matter how shit they are.
With no sign of a surrender in sight, the Boston-based corporate villains have moved ahead with plans, even going as far as hiring an Australian consultant to oversee the transition.
Kerrod Walters, brother of the Brisbane Broncos coach Kevy Waltersm, and former Captain of the Adelaide Rams has been flown over the Liverpool to advise on how to deal with the hurdles that a club faces when entering a new rebel competition.
The Adelaide Rams were an Australian professional rugby league club based in the hostile AFL heartland of South Australia. The team was formed by Rupert Murdoch in 1995 to play in Australia’s very own rebel ‘Super League’ competition to take on the NRL.
Kerrod Walters says he’s excited for his new role and hopes to bring the same energy to ‘Super League Liverpool’ as he brought to the Rams, who won 13 out of 42 games in their two seasons before they were abolished.
“I reckon this is a goer” Kerrod Walters told The Betoota Advocate.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to do a bit better than Kevy’s Maroons ha ha ha”
When asked if he honestly thought the Adelaide Rams could even be considered a successful sporting product, Kerrod insisted he’s got the stripes to take Liverpool to the next level.
“13 out of 42 doesn’t look good on paper” Walters
“But that’s pretty good for a league club made up of plumbers and half-baked rugby union converts, with no members except for Rupert and Lachie”
“I reckon we can do a bit with the 1.39 billion USD sitting in Liverpool’s coffers”