Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has proposed an all-star game featuring the top Premier League players. He has also given hints on the reasons which led to the sacking of former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has proposed an All-Star game for the Premier League, similar to what happens in American sport. He firmly believes that this will be a great step towards revolutionizing the broadcasting revenue and popularity of the league. The All-Star game is a seasonal feature in the NBA, MLB and NFL, bringing together the creme de la creme of the respective sports, something that Boehly has suggested to replicate in English football’s premier competition.
“Ultimately I hope the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sports,” said Boehly. “And really starts to figure out, why don’t we do a tournament with the bottom four sports teams, why isn’t there an All-Star game?
“People are talking about more money for the pyramid, in the MLB All-Star game this year we made 200m dollars from a Monday and a Tuesday.”
Boehly went on to suggest a one off fixture featuring the best performing players from the Northern and Southern divisions of the Premier League. “So we’re thinking we could do a North versus South All-Star game for the Premier League, for whatever the pyramid needed quite easily.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp didn’t seem to be impressed with the idea as he believes issues like workload and rivalries might turn out to be a hurdle. He was visibly surprised by the thought of players from rival clubs playing for the same team. “He doesn’t wait long. When he finds a date for that he can call me,” he added. “He forgets in American sports these players have four-month breaks so they are quite happy they can do a little bit of sport in these breaks. It’s completely different in football. I’m surprised by the question so please don’t judge my answers too much, but maybe he can explain it to me at one point and find a proper date. I’m not sure people want to see that. Imagine that, [Manchester] United, Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle players all on one team that’s not the national team, just a north team. Interesting game. All the London guys together. Arsenal, Tottenham. Great. Did he really say it? Interesting.”
Boehly also pointed out the possible reasons which paved the way for Thomas Tuchel’s sacking. He was pretty straightforward in admitting the differences in opinions and ideology between him and Tuchel.
“When you take over any business, you have to make sure you’re aligned with the people who are operating the business,” said Boehly. “Tuchel is obviously extremely talented and someone who had great success at Chelsea. Our vision for the club was finding a manager who really wanted to collaborate with us, a coach who really wanted to collaborate. There are a lot of walls to break down at Chelsea. Before, the first team and academy didn’t really share data, didn’t share information about where the top players were coming from.”
“Our goal is to bring a team together, all of that needs to be a well-oiled machine. The reality of our decision was that we weren’t sure that Thomas saw it the same way we saw it. No one is right or wrong, we just didn’t have a shared vision for the future. It wasn’t about (defeat to Dinamo) Zagreb, it was about the shared vision for what we wanted Chelsea to look like. It wasn’t a decision that was made because of a single win or loss. It was a decision that we thought was the right vision for the club.”
He also confirmed Chelsea’s multi-club endeavours. “We’re going to be continuously adding resources; we’ve talked about having a multi-club model. I would love to continue to build out the footprint.”