Spurs boss Redknapp slams 'no relegation' talk

19 October 2011 11:05

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp on Wednesday blasted foreign owners who want to see an end to relegation from the Premier League and promotion from the second-tier Championship.

Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers Association, claimed on Monday that some foreign owners of top-flight English teams were keen to end the concept of relegation.

But Redknapp said such a plan was "scandalous".

Fourteen of the 20 top-flight clubs would have to agree to the idea should it be put forward, but even then the idea could be scrapped as the Football Association have the power to veto any proposal.

"How can you not have promotion and relegation? It's scandalous," Redknapp said.

"What is the league about? When the play-offs first came in in the Championship and the first and second divisions, people said we don't want the play-offs, but they have been a fantastic thing.

"It keeps the league going. Years ago, with 10 games to go, the league was over. If you were not going to win the league be promoted or relegated then you would switch off, now everyone is fighting for something.

"It is competition, teams trying to stay up. What is more exciting than the last day of the season when teams are looking to stay up and win the championship? You have to have promotion and relegation."

Source: AFP