Harry Redknapp expresses genuine concern

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has stated that the number of Premier League clubs owned by foreign investors is starting to worry him and this threatens to change the format of the game in England.

With 10 of the 20 teams in the division under non-British ownership, rumours have circulated that relegation and promotion could be scrapped to safeguard the moneymen’s investment.

Although this has been rejected straight off the bat by the FA, Redknapp is concerned that the game could be changing.

“How can you not have promotion and relegation? It’s scandalous,” the coach stated in a press conference.

“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,” he stated.

Spurs take on Rubin Kazan in the Europa League at White Hart Lane on Thursday night, before travelling to Ewood Park on Sunday to play Blackburn.

By Gareth McKnight