Roy Hodgson says it’s time to scrap talk of the so-called Premier League ‘big six’ as ‘football is not run historically’ following the European Super League controversy
- Hodgson takes his Crystal Palace side to Leicester City on Monday night
- He feels Leicester are a prime example of why the ‘big six’ does not apply
- Hodgson was ‘shocked and disappointed’ by European Super League plan
Roy Hodgson believes talk of the so-called Premier League ‘big six’ should be scrapped as ‘football is not run historically’.
The Crystal Palace boss was left ‘shocked and disappointed’ by the emergence of the European Super League earlier last week, in which Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool signed up to breakaway plans.
One by one, each club withdrew from the proposal but many within the game are still calling for harsh punishments for those involved.
Roy Hodgson was left ‘shocked and disappointed’ by emergence of European Super League
Hodgson, who takes his Crystal Palace side to Leicester City on Monday night, feels Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes are a prime example of why the Premier League ‘big six’ should no longer be considered.
‘I think we should really stay away from the term ‘big six’ to be perfectly honest,’ Hodgson explained.
‘Maybe the ‘big six’ in future should just be the six teams as far as we’re concerned who are at the top of our league.
‘Italy can have their ‘big six’ or ‘big four’ and we can see which teams are at the top of their league.
‘I don’t think we should even consider the term any longer.
‘Football is not run historically. The fact that you were once a very, very big team should not give you the right to be that ‘big team’ for ever more.
Eighth-placed Arsenal were one of the ‘big six’ who signed up for European Super League
‘The fact is you have to keep earning it. Every year you start from scratch.’
Palace’s opponents Leicester went into the weekend in third place in the Premier League table and Hodgson insists we should not lose sight of the romanticism that English football can bring each year.
‘I think we should really come away from the concept that there is a ‘big six’,’ he reiterated.
‘Yes, there are teams in our league which are traditionally and historically stronger than others.
‘There are teams in our league which have got more resources, more wealth and can perhaps attract and buy better players.
‘But the beauty is that those six top spots are available to us all when the season starts and we can hope, and even sometimes believe, that we can get them.
‘Just like Leicester have done.’
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