The Frightening Future World Of The Premier League

In the Chronicle yesterday there was a very good report about Sky Monday Night Football pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville and how they talked about Brighton being promoted.

Let’s be brief – it’s a great achievement for Chris Hughton and he deserves all the accolades he is getting as is his balanced team.

Gary then took things a little  further by saying everything is at the advantage of southern clubs like Brighton – especially those that are close to London – but while that’s true to some extent Gary overplays that hand.

Gary Neville – Sky Sports pundit

To be fair to Gary he’s only saying what could happen.

Jamie and Gary are an engaging pair and certainly what they say is entertaining and sometimes interesting – all that was true when they talked on Monday night on Sky Sports.

This is what Gary Neville said as reported in the Chronicle:

“What I will say is well done to Brighton but it is a shift to the south like you would not believe.”

“You think about Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull potentially going down, that’s three more northern clubs.”

“Then the Yorkshire clubs, the Sheffield clubs, Leeds and you think Newcastle might not come back up – although they probably will.”

“It’s a worry for the north of England.”

“The investment (economically) is in the south and then the Premier League is attracting investment.” “The players want to live in the south.”

“I heard a few weeks ago ridiculous talk of northern teams, north-east teams and Yorkshire teams having London training grounds.”

“That would be the most incredible thing but you can actually see it.” “The players would live in London in the week and then travel to games.”

“It can’t happen can it? Suggestions like this are being mooted and that’s scary.”

“The idea of a departure from your territory to do these things is unbelievable, but if that’s what’s necessary to attract the players.”

Over here is the US whole clubs move their location more frequently than you probably realize so the Brooklyn Dodgers became the LA Dodgers back in  1958.

And the latest move this year is the San Diego Chargers returned to their original home of Los Angeles after 56 seasons in San Diego.

Here’s a huge list of sports clubs moving their location in the US and in other countries too and why do they do that?

Yes – it’s all about money.

It’s not exactly what Gary is talking about, but if what he says happens – it could be the next step.

We hope sincerely that doesn’t transpire – England has it right where for instance Newcastle United is for Newcastle – in fact it is Newcastle.


The players should live in Newcastle and if they don’t want to – well they are not the right players for the club.

It’s a scary view of what could happen several years down the road in the Premier League and we hope it doesn’t happen.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 20, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Sounds like the sort of argument 2 drunks have in the pub. Cant see that ever happening myself.

  • Nufc-83

    Apr 20, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #2

    I couldnt think of a worse place to live as London is a complete S**t hole so I dont see what the big attraction is.


    Apr 20, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Think id be done if it happened tbh wouldn’t be Newcastle United anymore

  • JamesToon

    Apr 20, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Cant stand this myth that the north is grimmer than the south, london is sh*t bournemouth is the only nice area, people so much more friendly up north

  • martoon

    Apr 20, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Surely it’s only the foreign players that want to be in London, British players will ideally want to be near their home town but normally be prepared to move.

  • G

    Apr 20, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #6

    @5, I think the only thing modern players care about is £Notes mate. Seriously, why would anybody who has the option move to Manchester? One of the wettest cities in the world. Surrounded by 3 sets of hills that means it rains more often than not, and yet, players move there.

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 20, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    One reason cited for so many Birmingham area clubs going down was many of the players commuted to work from London.

  • martoon

    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    G @5 – A little harsh on Manchester – I used to live quite close it’s not that bad and there are some very nice surrounding areas. Ultimately WAGs will have a big influence and a lot of them would probably prefer to live in London for the shops & theatres etc.

  • G

    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Martoon, agreed, but it is nonetheless a very wet town, and if you are upping sticks and moving anywhere, you tend to wonder what the weather is like there. I tend to find the accent quite annoying too, sounds very whinny.

  • Our Toon

    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #10


    Thanks I’ll have a look into kodi for when I’m travelling, cheers bud!

    On the London or not issue look no further than loic remy, unfortunately London is seen as one of the best cities in the world, 24hr city with something to cater for all. It’s also a tad warmer than the north. As much as we don’t like it London is a bigger pull than Newcastle but being British And a local lad I love Newcastle
    My clients however prefer doing business in London because they can buy things for partners etc, big brand outlets, bond st and more importantly they see it as a very cosmopolitan city.

    On jenkinson no thanks I’d honestly rather keep Anita, surprised Clark didn’t make the championship xi. On cairney he’s a lad with talent but wouldn’t do well in the pl.

    Hopefully Rafa is given funds and he buys well:

    Sakho Or maguire
    Shaw (don’t think that’ll happen)
    Trippier (can’t be happy sat on bench)
    Delph (would add some English quality)
    Wilshire (wenger might cash in)
    Ox (on loan)

    Can’t think of many forwards but hoping Rafa can pull a rabbit out of the hat with someone like insigne for no 10 role

    I’d be happy with 3 or 4 from that list and few of Rafa add ons!! Anyway bed time for me

  • chinleymag

    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Neville is way off target. It will never happen like that with the big(money clubs) but with the next layer down its feasible. Think about it lads Rafa lives in Cheshire and didnt Owen used to helicopter in

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Chinley….What is Neville way off target about?

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #13

    On Monday night the team will know exactly what the other teams have done.
    It’s Brighton away to Norwich tomorrow night (hopefully Brighton have been over celebrating).

    Then on Saturday we have Forest v Reading and also Huddersfield v Fulham.
    Then our game on Monday night – lets hope result go our way.

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 20, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #14

    With respect I’m sorry you published this garbage. Not even worth a comment!


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