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?