Premier League clubs will tell ’big six’ to quit over European Super League plans – Paper Round
The biggest story in town dominates Tuesday’s Paper Round, with the highly controversial European Super League plans making the front and back pages of British newspapers at both a national and local level. There’s also reports of the favourite to replace Jose Mourinho at Tottenham after he was sacked on Monday.
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Published 19/04/2021 at 22:33 GMT | Updated 20/04/2021 at 06:57 GMT
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The front pages of the British press. The front of The Sun, Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, i, Daily Star, Daily Express. This just doesn’t happen, normally, and that just about sums up the magnitude of a story which looks set to rumble on and on.
The fact Prince William and prime minister Boris Johnson have weighed in on the controversial proposals also explains why this is a crossover story more than worthy of making the front pages, with the UK government vowing to step-in and stop the plans coming to fruition.
The Sun reports that a Premier League meeting on Tuesday will see the 14 clubs not involved in the European Super League plans – all bar Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – agree that the “big six” will have to leave the league at the end of the season.
Given the club's owners had refused to put their own statement out there at the same time as their very strong private backing, to leave it to Klopp to be the first voice from Liverpool FC to field questions on it was an act of cowardice.
Paper Round’s view: Where do you even start? It is difficult to remember a time when a sporting story has resulted in blanket coverage of both the front and back pages, while it is all the more remarkable given it has managed to unite almost all supporters of virtually every club.
As Klopp and Thomas Tuchel have alluded to, by the very fact they made it clear they were not made aware of the plans beforehand, this is a matter seemingly out of their hands, but while fans may continue to voice their discontent – and they will do so for weeks and months unless this is nipped in the bud – it seems that perhaps only the managers and players of these specific “leading” clubs can truly make it plain to their own owners just how awful an idea this is. James Milner’s comments were the perfect start – now he will need more support.
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Nagelsmann favourite to replace Mourinho
Meanwhile, in other football news, Jose Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham on Monday. Multiple papers, including The Sun and Daily Mail, are reporting RB Leipzig’s Julian Nageslmann is the favourite to become the new Spurs boss. Nagelsmann masterminded Leipzig’s Champions League last-16 victory over Tottenham last season, winning 4-0 on aggregate.
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Paper Round’s view: If you can’t beat them, get their manager to join you? I suppose that’s how it goes. It will be fascinating to see how Spurs’ recruitment search unravels with the slight distraction of the European Super League. Would it put managers off? Would it entice some more? When could they realistically get a manager in place if it still remains unclear what competitions they are participating in? Plenty of questions, the answers could be some way off.