Neville leads Lineker, Carra, Rio in WhatsApp ESL army


Gary Neville has reportedly joined a group of pundits, commentators and broadcasters together in an attempt to prevent further Big Six breakaway attempts in the wake of the European Super League debacle.

The Daily Mail claims Neville has formed a WhatsApp group including the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker, Jamie Carragher and Steve McManaman.

The report says a group call has already taken place and another is set for Tuesday, with initial plans set to be discussed.

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The aim is thought to ensure those in the football media can present a unified voice against any further moves from club owners to form a breakaway league.

The initial response from pundits like Neville to the announcment of the ESL is thought to have played a significant role in the U-turn of the clubs just 48 hours later.

And those in the group are eager to ensure their voices can continue to play a part in dealing with major issues within football.

Meanwhile, Neville backed the Manchester United fan protests which saw their game against Liverpool postponed and urged the Glazers to sell the “rotting club”.

“The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many, many years,” Neville said. “I think that they are struggling to meet the financial demands that this club needs and have done for some time.

“If you think about the club that they picked up in 2004, it had the best stadium in the country, probably the best in Europe. It had the best training ground in the country, probably the best in Europe. It had a team that was getting to Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals regularly and winning the league every season, every other season.

“You look at the club now, this stadium – I know it looks great here but if you actually go behind the scenes it’s rusty and rotting. If you look at the training ground it’s probably not now one of the top five in this country.

“They haven’t got to a Champions League semi-final for 10 years. We haven’t won a league here at Manchester United for eight years.

“The land around the ground is undeveloped, dormant and derelict while every other club seems to be developing the fan experience and the facilities.

“The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements and the fans are saying it’s enough.

“My view on it is quite simply they are going to make a fortune if they sell this football club. If they put it up for sale now, the time would be right and it’d be the honourable thing to do.”