Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Bernie's Offer to the 'Big Four'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Bernie's Offer to the 'Big Four'

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FORMULA One chief Bernie Ecclestone believes the Premier League will never be able to sell the likes of Wigan to a global market and has offered to organise a 'Big Four' mini-tournament.

The QPR co-owner has poured scorn on the plan to stage an extra round of league matches in cities around the world and does not believe there would be sufficient interest to sustain the proposal.

Instead, he believes the most lucrative option would be to stage a separate tournament, unrelated to the Premier League, involving Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.

"The current idea the Premier League is putting forward isn't very good," he said.

"They probably wouldn't find it very easy to convince someone in Singapore to have Wigan playing somebody over there.

"I can't see a promoter going for that.

"But if somebody said to me today 'What would you do?', I would have the top four clubs who are known worldwide and I would want them playing six matches against each other in a mini-league. …

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