Steve Bruce admits he was delighted to see the Premier League’s big six get a ‘slapping’ over the European Super League proposal.
Plans for a breakaway competition featuring the Premier League’s big six – alongside leading sides from Italy and Spain – crumbled this week following a huge backlash from supporters and rivals clubs, the outrage forcing those involved to withdraw their participation.
The controversial plans included guaranteed annual entry for the founding clubs with just five entrants through qualification, a closed shop competition that threatened the existence of the Champions League and competitiveness of domestic divisions.
Talks between the remaining 14 clubs in the Premier League were held following the announcement of the plans, the sides unanimous in their stance against the prospect of the breakaway tournament.
Ahead of this weekend’s trip to face Liverpool – one of the sides involved in the Super League – Bruce has spoken of his delight to have seen the fans’ voice heard and the proposals collapse under pressure.
“I was like everybody else and thankfully the big six have taken a slapping.” Bruce told his pre-match press conference.
“It was pretty obvious to everyone we weren’t going to accept it which was terrific.
“I played in the lower divisions for years before I got my break. I’m all for the pyramid in this country and I’m all for the way it works.
“The supporters have been heard and rightly so. To bring it down and bring it down so quickly, fair play to all the supporters.”