Could New Competition Help Keep Rafa At Newcastle?


There was brief news last week when Rafa was at the UEFA Elite Coaches conference in Nyon, Switzerland that UEFA was thinking of bringing out a third European Competition and likely to start in 2021.

And BBC Sport are reporting on it today.

42-year-old European Club Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli is also the Chairman at Juventus and is also on the UEFA executive committee.

He has said that an agreement has been reached and the new league will go ahead in 2021.

Andrea Agnelli – European Club Association (ECA) Chairman

That could be good news for English clubs’ below the top six but exactly how the league will function still has to be worked out in detail.

This is what Andrea Agnelli said:

“The current model needs modernizing,”

“A detailed assessment of the existing international match calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024.”

Agnelli was speaking at the annual general assembly of the ECA in Croatia, and the new third competition would increase the clubs competing in Europe by another 16 clubs – from today’s 80 to 96.

Currently, the UEFA League has 32 teams going through to the group stage and the Europa League has 48.

Let’s hope the clubs that finish 3rd in the group stage don’t get another chance in another competition as they do today as they drop down into the Europa League.

When we heard the news last week we thought this may be a positive development in Europe for Newcastle and help keep Rafa at the club.

But it’s too far away and next June will be when Rafa will either stay at Newcastle or leave the club.

And there’s not a lot of confidence amongst our fans that he will stay on next summer.

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7 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 11, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #1

    It amuses me to watch Jiblets portraying himself as some kind of mastermind winning taxi driver. When the reality is that he’s so stupid it prevents him from realising how stupid he actually is!

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  • jayphoto

    Sep 11, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Whatever they decide, im guessing it will be another step closer to a dedicated European super league.. no idea what format..maybe similar to NFL with 32 teams but its definately coming… theres only so long certain leagues can go on with being dominated.because of the tv deals and finance, its different now to 10 years previous….in France we already know who will win the league, in Germany also…in Spain there are only 2 teams that can win, Italy 1, maybe at a stretch 2 teams, in scotland 1 team… Only the premier league really as more than 2 clubs you could feasibly seeing win the league… be amazed if by 2030 theres not a super league

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  • jayphoto

    Sep 11, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Never understood why the League cup has never tried to introduce top flight scottish clubs, it would really give it a boost of interest it lacks! Not just Celtic/Rangers either but teams like Aberdeen, Hibs, Hearts and Dundee would really be great contests, great away days etc, would boost revenue for the scottish teams and help them compete further and would awaken a dying competition …

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  • Jib

    Sep 11, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think there’s that much cross border interest.
    The Anglo – Scottish cup was pretty much a failure

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  • c-dog

    Sep 11, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #7

    given he has nobody looking over his shoulder at newcastle how much you reckon he has siphoned out of the club

    and don’t bother posting your shill links Jib, they’re meaningless

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