John Henry and Joel Glazer think Liverpool and Manchester United have a divine right to Champions League football.
That is according to finance guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after The Athletic revealed Premier League bosses have held talks over the restructuring of the Champions League.
Under the proposed 36-team ‘Swiss Model’, the Premier League could get six spots in the competition as opposed to the current four.
Places would be allocated according to teams’ coefficients, the metric which assigns clubs a ranking based on their historic performance in European competition.
Maguire claims that Henry and Glazer are angling for this model because it would pocket them additional revenue and a bigger chance of European football every year.
He told Football Insider: “Well, the clubs are looking for more matches, and ideally more matches at the weekend.
“Under the Swiss model, one of the benefits is it’s very flexible. You can increase the number of group games from six to eight to 10 to 12 without blinking, provided that you’ve got enough time to organise domestic schedules.
“The Premier League could get six places under this new model.
“This is to placate the likes of Joel Glazer and John Henry, who think that they should get Champions League football because they are Manchester United and Liverpool as opposed to winning football matches.
“It’s an interesting perspective and one very much based on the owners of the club being the focal point rather than matches and fans…
“The other thing is that if we are going to move to this model then something else in the calendar has to go. The consensus is that it could be the League Cup.”
Only AC Milan and Real Madrid have won more Champions League titles than Liverpool.
Manchester United are England’s second-most successful team in the competition with three triumphs.