Chelsea owner Todd Boehly calls for Premier League all-star game | Jurgen Klopp surprised by the proposal | Football News

Todd Boehly wants to start a Premier League North v South All-Star game, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is unimpressed with the proposal, questioning whether anyone wants to see it.

Chelsea’s new chairman has revealed plans to revolutionize elements of English football, try to boost broadcasting revenue, including a play-off to determine who will be relegated and who will play in the Premier League, and an all-star game as NBA and MLB I have.

The new Blues owner, who also owns shares in the Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball and the Lakers in the NBA, told a conference in New York that he has already floated the idea with his Premier League counterparts.

“I hope eventually the Premier League will learn a bit of a lesson from American sport,” Boehly said. “And it’s really starting to dawn on me, why don’t we have 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 $200 million from Monday and Tuesday.

“So we’re thinking we could do a north vs south All-Star match for the Premier League, for what the pyramid needed quite easily.”

Klopp on proposal: “Did he really say it?”

Chelsea were due to face Liverpool on Sunday but the match was postponed as police resources were stretched in the wake of the Queen’s death.

Sunday’s postponement, following last weekend’s major postponement of the football calendar, means Liverpool have two games to fit into an already packed schedule with a World Cup in between.

So Klopp was less than impressed by Boehly’s suggestion that the Premier League should introduce a US-style All-Star game between teams in the north and south of England.

“He doesn’t wait long. When he finds an appointment for it he can call me,” he added. “He forgets in American sports these players have four-month breaks, so they’re very happy to be able to do a bit of sport in those breaks. It’s completely different in football.

“Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters too?

“I’m surprised by the question, so don’t judge my answers too much, but maybe he can explain it to me at some point and find a proper date. I’m not sure people want to see that. Imagine that, [Manchester] The players of United, Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle, all in a team that is not the national team, just a team from the North. Interesting game.

“All the London lads together. Arsenal, Tottenham. Great. Did he really say that? Interesting.”

“Everybody likes the idea of ​​more revenue”

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Boehly spoke at a conference in New York

Boehly was speaking at the SALT thought leaders conference in New York, lifting the lid on Chelsea’s sacking of Thomas Tuchel as well as revealing bold plans for the Blues’ future.

When asked about his views on relegation, given that American sports are not on board with the idea – which often leads to claims that teams are ‘tanking’ for an improved draft – Boehly replied: “The economics of moving to the Championship they are fundamentally different.

“When you go to the Championship, those numbers fall off the cliff. So no one is thinking about tanking, and these relegation games are some of the highest broadcast games.”

Asked what his fellow football club owners thought of the All-Star game idea, Boehly added: “Everybody likes the idea of ​​more revenue for the league.

“I think there’s a real cultural aspect, I think the evolution will come.”

Boehly: There is no shared vision with Tuchel

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Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly explains that he parted ways with manager Thomas Tuchel as they were not aligned with their vision for the club. Video courtesy of SALT New York.

Chelsea sacked Tuchel last week after new owners Boehly and Behdad Eghbali conducted a 100-day review of their embryonic tenure at the Blues.

Graham Potter has been installed as the new manager on a five-year contract, with Chelsea’s new chiefs determined to see a new manager at the helm for the long term.

Boehly admitted for the first time on record that Tuchel’s departure centered on differences of opinion and vision.

Tuchel guided Chelsea to the 2021 Champions League and the 2022 Club World Cup, but the German manager failed to win over the Blues’ new owners.

“There are a lot of walls to break down at Chelsea”

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New Chelsea manager Graham Potter says he wants to create his own legacy at the club.

“When you take on any business, you have to make sure you’re aligned with the people running the business,” Boehly said.

“Tuchel is obviously extremely talented and someone who has had great success at Chelsea. Our vision for the club was to find a manager who really wanted to work with us, a manager who really wanted to work with us.

“There are a lot of walls to break down at Chelsea. Before, the first team and the academy didn’t really share data, they didn’t share information about where the top players came from.

“Our goal is to bring a team together, all of this has to be a well-oiled machine. The reality of our decision was that we weren’t sure Thomas saw it the same way we did. No one is right or wrong, we just didn’t have a shared vision for the future.

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New Chelsea manager Graham Potter reveals he has never been to a Champions League game before.

“It wasn’t about (defeat to Dinamo) Zagreb, it was about the shared vision of what we wanted Chelsea to look like. It wasn’t a decision made because of a single win or loss. It was a decision that we believed was the right vision for the club.”

Chelsea will continue their search for a new sporting director, with an appointment likely before the start of the World Cup.

Boehly also confirmed Chelsea’s plans to run a multi-club model, similar to Manchester City.

Boehly added: “We will continually add resources. we have talked about having a multi-club model. I’d love to continue building the footprint.”

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