Jamie Redknapp delivered a truly infuriating response to Liverpool fan’s anger on Wednesday. He wants people to calm down.
12 major European clubs tried to start a Super League, as you may have heard. It wouldn’t have featured relegation – for the founders, anyway – and was essentially an attempt to monopolise the game.
Thankfully, it’s falling to pieces. All six English clubs are out and we even got an apology from John Henry.
Though, it’s hard to believe that’s it. For one, Florentino Perez says the plans are merely ‘on hold’ rather than scrapped.
But that will be the attitude going forward. It’s clear what these club owners want and it’s more power, more control and most importantly, more money.
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It’s why statements like those from the Spirit of Shankly are so important. One plan stopped but more are on the way, clearly.
Why would the owners simply stop here? The new Champions League plans are just as bad, too, as top teams look to secure a bigger piece of the pie.
And that’s why it’s so infuriating to hear Jamie Redknapp address Liverpool fans on Sky Sports. Given a national platform, the former midfielder essentially believes everyone should stop and forgive.
“They [the fans] got what they wanted now,” he said. “Of course, there’s going to be anger towards the owners.
“Liverpool fans, they talk about John Henry and they don’t want him to be there anymore.
“I can understand that but I also think they [the owners] have made a huge mistake. Everyone makes mistakes in life but sometimes you’ve got to apologise for it and move on.”
Redknapp then went on to say that whoever FSG hypothetically sell to would be just as bad. “You’ve got to be careful what you wish for,” he says.
He talks as though they’ve forgotten his birthday. And this is the big worry – that all of the people involved are just welcomed back into the fray with a slap on the wrist.
Maybe even less.
Because then nothing changes. Then they’ll just try it again down the line and the power gap in football will continue to grow.