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.