Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has been speaking today about Manchester United’s future - and made some rather extraordinary claims about the clubs future Champions League hopes.
United currently face an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League after a difficult transition from Fergie era to Moyesy era.
And should they fail again next year Purslow, who was at Liverpool from June 2009 until February 2011 in varying roles and is also a season ticket holder at the club, believes they may never return.
“Next year when that BT sport deal kicks in, that figure will probably double. Look at the team who that will most effect, Manchester United, they don't look like they're going to be there this year, but it gives (David) Moyes and (Ed) Woodward a year to get their act together. One year, they can live with a £30million disadvantage for one season, in another year if they miss out, they may never get back. They now need to invest huge amounts of money. They need around £150-200m worth of talent, that’s five or six £25m players.”
His theory comes from the new BT Sport deal adding even more of a financial boost to those teams who manage to qualify for the competition this season - believing United would be playing financial catch-up should they fail to make the Champions League two years running.
But one man who does not agree is Gary Neville - who has certainly opened up on the businessman.
Neville stated on Twitter:
Purslow " United may never get back in CL if they miss out next season" What a clueless fool!!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 20, 2014
My Purslow logic- Liv will never win another title/Leeds down forever/oil dries up in Russia and UAE and United win every trophy for 50 yrs— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 20, 2014
Purslow often does work for Sky Sports, where Neville is a lead pundit and analyst, especially during the Transfer Window. So that could be awkward the next time these two cross paths.
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