Maguire: Leeds must put Man United in their place over 'Monstrosity' talks
Leeds United must stand firm against the likes of Manchester United as they attempt to push through an expanded Champions League.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Leeds CEO Angus Kinnear launched a blistering attack on Uefa’s plans to reform their flagship competition.
Quoted in the Daily Mail, he described the plans to introduce a 36-team Swiss system iteration of the tournament as “insidious” and “shameless.”
He joined the likes of Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish and Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow in voicing their strident opposition to the reforms.
It is widely accepted that the alterations would ring fence wealth in the hands of a select few European clubs.
Maguire was venomous in his attack on the mooted competition, encouraging the likes of Leeds to continue to resist it.
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“They have leverage in the form of the Premier League and domestic football,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Agnelli will only get his wish of an ever-expanding Champions League if the clubs in the domestic leagues effectively grab their ankles and agree to a downsized Premier League.
“For this reason, it’s essential that Leeds, Villa, Palace and the like, all the clubs that won’t benefit from this bloated monstrosity, they must not blink first.
“If Manchester United and Liverpool threaten to disappear from the Premier League, they’ve got to say: ‘Well, do it then.’
“It’s a negotiation tactic between the two parties and I think they just have to stand firm together.”
A major breakthrough in proceedings was reported by the Financial Times on Friday.
The European Club Association is in advanced talks with Uefa over sharing control over media and sponsorship rights.