Portsmouth manager blasts Premier League proposals

Pompey aim to reach the quarter finals of the FA Cup by beating Preston on Sunday afternoon. Ahead of the match, Sky Sports reports that Harry Redknapp has become the latest manager to criticise the Premier League’s proposals to play a 39th match overseas. You may remember that the Portsmouth manager already ‘saw it coming’ when the announcements were made a fortnight ago although it’s clear where he stands on the matter.

“They (the Premier League) may try to stage a game on the moon. That way it would be outside Fifa’s jurisdiction,” Redknapp told the Sunday Mirror.

“I think the Premier League had a responsibility to consult the people who really matter, like the supporters and the coaches.

“I’m wholly opposed to the idea – like a lot of managers are. I think people were guilty of going public with the hare-brained scheme and not giving it enough consideration.

“The supporters are no mugs. It’s understandable that they are dead set against it. They know one game will become five and five will become 10.”

Sir Alex Ferguson has also been critical of people shooting off their mouths far too early over the proposals. It appears that the 39th match is well on its way to becoming a dead duck, long before the project is even past the embryonic stage.

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