'Don't think it'll go away' - What Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom said about Super League plans

Paul Heckingbottom, the interim Sheffield United manager, has had his say on football’s controversial and ultimately short-lived plans for an European Super League, admitting he doesn’t think the issue has gone away.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 2:37 pm

Six Premier League clubs were confirmed as founder members of the new competition on Sunday evening. But by Tuesday night, all six had withdrawn in the face of hostile opposition from fans, pundits and what seemed like the entire footballing world.

Many of the clubs involved have apologised to their fans, and Heckingbottom said: “I’m glad there wasn’t a press conference for us amongst it, it was chaos for a couple of days.

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“I think it was wrong and I’m pleased with the outcome so far, but I don’t think it’ll go away. If those owners were committed to the idea, it won’t go away.

“But I’m pleased with the outcome as it stands. The fans have had a voice, the whole of football has had a voice. And that’s only right.

“It’s the wrong way to go about it, clubs and managers speaking about their own self-interest. Football has evolved over hundreds of years but it’s always been a competition and that has to be protected.

Paul Heckingbottom watches Sheffield United in action at Wolves: Darren Staples/ Sportimage

“The idea sounded like glorified friendlies to me where winning and losing didn’t matter, so it’d be of no interest for me.

“If rules have been broken then it’s for the organisers to enforce punishments. No other self interest or opinions should come into it, because it’s a selfish way of thinking that’s brought about these problems in the first place.”