Fergie ridicules top-flight idea

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MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has condemned the proposal to scrap promotion and relegation in the Premier League, describing the plan as “suicide”.

The Red Devils boss fears it would spell the end for some of the Championship’s bigger teams, as well as killing off the dream of all lower-league clubs, including the two Sheffield sides.

Ferguson said: “If you look at the Championship at the moment, we have at least eight teams with great tradition and history. What do you say to those eight teams?

“That they can never play in the Premier League? That would be absolute suicide for the rest of the league. You might as well lock the doors.

“The only place you can make money and realise your ambitions is in the Premier League and you can’t take that away from clubs like Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday – all these great teams who formed the nucleus of our old First Division all those years ago.”