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Gavin Patterson, former boss of BT, is in the frame to lead a proposed European football league at the centre of a storm of criticism. According to Sky News, Patterson was approached informally several weeks ago about the role. Proposals for the European Super League – which UK football clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, …

  1. MrMerrymaker

    Makes sense

    Someone from Salesforce would be behind selling out..

    1. FlamingDeath Silver badge

      Re: Makes sense

      “I Like Money”

      - Frito

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Makes sense

      Yeah and paterson has phorm

  2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "being paid millions for doing very little"

    What do you mean "doing very little"? Have you never thought how much busy work goes into constant reorganisation of the company?

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Sorry guys

    Being there at the right time in the right place is the definition of success.

    The fact that the job entails raking in the money and not doing anything meaningful is a perk.

    Sure, I wouldn't mind that job. In the meantime, well, I take solace in the fact that I'm actually helping people.

    1. Chris G

      Re: Sorry guys

      Patterson will be helping people, helping those in the new super league to make money at other people's expense.

  4. Sgt_Oddball

    Has anyone seen the man?

    He looks like the very definition of a top tier football manager. It'd be perfect for him...

    Though I wonder how long the transfer window is?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Gavin Patterson and the ESL

    If you're a genuine football fan then one of the few meaningful avenues available to fight the disgraceful European "Super League" proposal that Gavin Patterson will be championing in his role as Global Village Idiot is to damage the so-called sponsors/partners of the clubs in question IMO.

    All six "big" English clubs (based on money made rather than the league table in the case of Spurs and Arsenal) have reams of "partners" that won't be happy if their profits are hit as a result of their involvement in this farrago.

    Manchester City alone have the following "partners" listed on their WWW site (the sheer number of them tells you where clubs' real priorities lie) so if you have the option don't buy from these corporate parasites and make sure you tell them why you're boycotting their products (not buying SAP isn't that much of a hardship obviously):





    Abu Dhabi

    Nexen Tire


    EA Sports










    Hays Recruiting Experts Worldwide





    Unilumin Sports










    Hair World Turkey



    Animoca Brands

    1. don't you hate it when you lose your account

      Re: Gavin Patterson and the ESL

      Hair World Turkey?

      I'll never use them again. That'll show em

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Gavin Patterson and the ESL

      More meaningful, at the local level, would be for the fans of the "SuperLeague clubs" to stop buying replica kits. When stadia reopen, don't buy tickets. Don't buy season tickets.

      If revenue from these three sources is down over the next twelve months, then it might make a difference. Otherwise, big business will roll on.

      1. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells Silver badge

        Re: Gavin Patterson and the ESL

        The big money is in TV.

        Boycott Amazon, or whoever will be broadcasting it.

  6. Dinanziame Silver badge


    It's interesting to see Boris Johnson vowing to fight this. I'd have thought it was right up there with his convictions.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: UEFAXIT

      Of course Buffoon Boris is vowing to fight this. Backhanders (sorry donations) weren't made to the Conservative Party and none of his cronies got time to get their snouts in the trough. That's not how business gets done in his chumocracy. These Superleague chaps need to be taught a lesson.

    2. Timbo

      Re: UEFAXIT

      "It's interesting to see Boris Johnson vowing to fight this."

      BoJo needs to retain the "red wall" of voters gained at the last he has to do something "popular", after the UK Govts shambolic attempt to control the pandemic, leading to 120,000+ deaths.

      Plus spaffing £2.5m on a broadcast quality update of 9 Downing Street, so as to hold press conferences, and now being found out to have tried to "fix" James Dysons request to minimise tax breaks for employees coming to UK to make ventilators for the NHS.

      And let's not even mention the large sum spent on updating the PMs flat in 11 Downing Street, just a few years after the Camerons also re-furnished it - both at tax-payers expense...

  7. John H Woods Silver badge


    Superleague is DoA

    1. Timbo

      Re: Update:

      Indeed....the back-pedalling has already begun with all sorts of owners spouting "apologies" and "we made a mistake"...

      If they had actually asked the fans (maybe the supporters groups) in advance, they would have seen the amount of negative criticism they would get and they could have saved a lot of "face" by not getting involved to begin with.

      BUT, with 3 American owners (of Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd) and backed by the American JP Morgan Chase (who were bankrolling the initial plans), this was always about MONEY and bypassing UEFA and the PL and FA by negotiating directly with broadcasters and taking all the extra wonga for themselves.

      But the Big 6 English teams have now pulled out and it leaves the remaining 6 to ponder how they are going to get more money to ensure that can keep on paying out huge amounts on players transfer fees and well as getting themselves out of debt (due to Covid as well as poor management alledgedly ).

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