Fergie dismisses 'harebrained' play-off idea

21 February 2010 10:58

Manchester United manager has dismissed the idea of introducing play-offs to determine the final Champions League place as "harebrained".

The suggestion that the teams finishing fourth to seventh in the Barclays Premier League could battle it out at the end of the season to decide who clinches the last place in Europe's premier club competition has not gone down well with Premier League managers. Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, Manchester City's Roberto Mancini, Liverpool's Rafael Benitez and Everton's David Moyes have already voiced their objections to the proposal, and Ferguson is not a fan either.

He said: "There's always someone coming up with hare-brained schemes from time to time. I don't know why people would want to change the format of the Premier League - it's very good."

He added: "The product is good. It sells well all over the world. People want to watch English games on television. There's no real need to change.

"Okay, all teams in the Premier League would like to be in Europe but there's a way of doing that and it's to finish in the right position."

Source: PA