The European Super League proved to be one of the shortest-lived mega competitions in sports history, but the impact and fallout of the ill-received initiative is still being felt.
More specifically, it’s the owners and chairpeople of those clubs who were to be involved in the project whose positions of power have fallen under the microscope as a result.
For those who missed the rise and fall of the Super League, 12 of the biggest soccer clubs in the world announced on Sunday (April 18) that they were planning to form a breakaway competition, helped by a €3.25 billion loan from U.S. investment firm JP Morgan Chase, per the Guardian. Each of the 12 clubs (a number that would eventually grow) would receive up to €300 million of those funds as a sweetener to join the new competition, but by Tuesday (April 20), worldwide outcry from fans from all corners had forced the ESL conspirators to reconsider their plans.
It was confirmed on Wednesday that each of the six Premier League clubs involved—including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur—had withdrawn from the competition, per BBC Sport. Following the apologies from several club representatives, even JP Morgan was forced to admit their ‘misjudgement’ in backing the contest, which would have featured no promotion or threat of relegation:
The competition itself may be off the table, but Betfair is still offering customers the chance to bank on which personnel will feel the wrath as a result of the supporter push-back (via Oddschecker).
Among those most favored to lose their job in the fallout is Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who was considered one of the major proponents behind the ESL scheme. The club chief is just above evens to no longer be Real president as of May 1, although Juventus counterpart Andrea Agnelli could be the more sensible pick to lose his position at odds of 11/8.
It’s not only the stakeholders who see their club futures at stake, either, with 6/4 odds available on Jurgen Klopp to no longer be Liverpool manager when the 2021-22 Premier League season begins (currently scheduled for August 14, 2021). Those who believe for the former Borussia Dortmund coach will lose his role before May 1 could snag odds as high as 6/1.
Klopp, 53, caught more criticism than most coaches involved considering he told German magazine Kicker (via FourFourTwo) in 2019 that there would “never be this Super League,” quotes that came back to bite him this week.
Betfair ESL Fallout Specials List
|Florentino Perez to step down as Real Madrid president before May 1, 2021||11/10|
|Andrea Agnelli to step down as Juventus chairman before May 1, 2021||11/8|
|Jurgen Klopp to not be Liverpool manager when 2021-22 Premier League season begins||6/4|
|Daniel Levy to step down as Tottenham Hotspur chairman before June 1, 2021||4/1|
|Stan Kroenke to sell majority share in Arsenal before the end of 2021||5/1|
|Jurgen Klopp to not be Liverpool manager on May 1, 2021||6/1|
|The Glazer family to sell majority share in Manchester United before the end of 2021||13/2|