Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray speaks out against the ESL

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has voiced his opinion on the proposed Super League.

Championship managers have begun to put forward their opposition to the news of the formation of the Super League – which was announced on Sunday evening – and has sent the football landscape in to a tailspin.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray, who has been involved in professional football for 38 years, believes “it will all be a lot of noise about nothing” whilst comparing the announcement of the Super League to the previously touted Project Big Picture which was unanimously rejected by Premiership clubs.

“How long have these conversations been going on? I know the world is a political one, but who’s been talking to who, when were these conversations had?,” Mowbray said.

“I like transparency, that’s why I generally talk too much, but I don’t like the thought that these clubs, these owners, have, while the world has been getting on, the struggles people have had, they’re out there talking and having meetings about hundreds of millions more and not thinking about the people dying and suffering and the clubs that are going under.

“I think that’s really sad, disappointing, institutions of 150 years in this country.

“It doesn’t matter what I say. We can all watch the football and listen to Gary Neville or Roy Keane or some other big names talking about it.

“Let’s wait and see. Only a few months ago there was talk about Big Picture which came and went. I can’t see the English Premier League allowing it to happen and these clubs and owners would want to be excluded from the Premier League.

“I can’t see it happening and it will all be a lot of noise about nothing.”

The ex-Ipswich Town and Celtic boss has described football in his 38 years of experience in it as being about “the people” and “the constitution of the country” and not about “foreign owners.”

“What will dictate that is the people. Football has always been about the people. You think back to the 1930s, 1940s, black and white pictures of crowds of 50,000 and 60,000 watching Preston North End v Burnley, whatever it might be,” Mowbray added.

“It’s about the people and has been for hundreds of years and it’s not about foreign owners, these clubs are about the constitution of the country, the guy who goes to work and then goes to watch his team on a Saturday, has his Bovril and shouts with his mates, that’s what football is about.

“Players who wear the colours of the shirt of the team they play for, fighting for those people and trying to win a match.”

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