AHEAD OF THE GAME: Newcastle and Man City fear rivals will join them for ownership … with a big meeting coming up that will cause headaches for Premier League bosses
- Premier League clubs have joined in an email about certain properties
- Manchester City and newly sold Newcastle feel they are ready to be attacked by their peers
- Clubs voted to introduce a ban on sponsorship involving related parties
- Meanwhile, Kalvin Phillips’ Man United search dates back to last summer.
Newcastle and Manchester City are unhappy to be attacked by the rest of the Premier League after the chief executive of another club this week asked to curb investment from companies specifically from the Gulf.
Sportsmail learned that the explicit geopolitical reference to funding for the region came in an email sent to the other clubs ahead of the emergency Premier League meeting on Monday, in which they voted to introduce a month-long ban on sponsorship involving related parties.
Newcastle voted against the proposal and City abstained, due to doubts about whether the ban is legally enforceable and the speed with which it was being introduced.
Newcastle owners fear Premier League clubs will soon target them in upcoming meetings
The tone of some of the other correspondence between the clubs this week also attracted attention, particularly the tendency to group Newcastle and City together due to their owner groups: Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, respectively.
The growing division has created a problem for the Premier League. While there has been a strong backlash against the £ 305 million purchase of Newcastle, the Government has welcomed it.
The issue is likely to dominate the meeting of the 20 clubs next month, when CEO Richard Masters is expected to call for the unit.
United’s Kalvin plot
Manchester United have been plotting to sign Kalvin Phillips since last summer, when his decision to sell Daniel James to Leeds for just £ 24 million was influenced by his desire to improve relations with his rivals.
United will not make a formal move for the England midfielder until the end of the season.
Phillips is expected to sign a new contract before then and all three parties may include a release clause, which would give Leeds some security in negotiations with United if they formalize their long-standing interest.
Manchester United have been plotting to sign England star Kalvin Phillips since last summer.
Jab rates are still insufficient
The vaccination rate among Premier League players remains below the national average for comparable ages despite an improvement in the situation in recent weeks.
The Premier League revealed this week that 68 percent of players are fully vaccinated, slightly less than the national picture for 18- to 39-year-olds of 70.6 percent in the latest data released by NHS England on Thursday.
Ay ahead in the toon
Newcastle may find it difficult to sign players during the January window as many of their rivals agree not to negotiate with the club in hopes of releasing them.
Such is the fear that Newcastle’s new Saudi owners will transform the club into a powerhouse that many clubs privately claim they will not sell any players to them.
Newcastle is aware of the situation and is expected to focus on signing mid-level European club players in January. Any Premier League club deal that gets passed will cost Newcastle a huge premium.
Newcastle fans could still face the anguish of their new rich side struggling to get players
EFL bets on bringing alcohol back
The EFL is pushing for fans to be able to drink alcohol in the stands in all divisions from the Championship down.
Former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch is expected to recommend a pilot plan in League Two in her fan-led review next month, which would allow them to drink in their seats while watching the games for the first time since 1985.
The EFL welcomes the review, arguing that a blanket ban on alcohol is not commensurate with the level of risk. It would increase revenue at a time when many clubs have been hit hard, although, contrary to previous reports, there is no official watch list of clubs facing insolvency. The EFL reports financial problems to its board on a regular basis.
Hewitt on the ball
Incoming FA President Debbie Hewitt has begun scheduling meetings with other board members starting next month despite not starting her new role until January.
Hewitt, who will become the FA’s first female president, will address issues such as government reform, the Wembley Stadium ban and the UK’s troubled bid for the 2030 World Cup.
Debbie Hewitt has begun scheduling meetings with other board members starting next month.