My overwhelming feeling this morning is relief that the money-driven owners of our so-called ‘big six’ football clubs have seen sense and the nonsensical European Super League is over.
If they didn’t already know it, they do now – we in this country don’t want a closed-shop, American-style franchise league.
It’s a tremendous victory for the people. The fans have finally had their voices heard.
The Italians and the Spanish might not have followed City, Chelsea, United, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool in withdrawing from the Super League just yet, but rest assured they will.
The problem we have with top level football in this country is that it isn’t run by football people. It is run by money men from abroad with no soul for the game.
They simply do not get the idea that we quite like the shock results and the drama – and you know what, we don’t really mind if our team has a barren season or so.
A closed-shop where winning and losing doesn’t really matter and games are put on like something at the theatre is not for us.
My club Manchester United are probably the worst, and I continue to wonder what exactly the Glazers have done for us.
This will go down in history as the tournament where no ball was kicked and it was all over within 48 hours, simply because it wasn’t properly thought out and the greedy owners proved what we have always suspected – they are out of touch with our national game.
I do have a degree of sympathy with the non-American owners at City and Chelsea, who probably thought they’d better get on board to not risk being left behind – but that was just plain wrong.
They should have seen the bigger picture, and now after this atrociously-timed plan was put forward it is a case of them trying to rebuild trust with fans.
There is one big positive to have come out of this though – they can never, ever treat the supporters with total disdain again.