Sunday 22 October 2017

Slot in a Euro Super League 'on the cards'

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in action in the Champions League. Julian Jenkins has claimed an Irish team would have a strong chance of figuring in a European Super League if there was ever a breakaway from the Champions League.
Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in action in the Champions League. Julian Jenkins has claimed an Irish team would have a strong chance of figuring in a European Super League if there was ever a breakaway from the Champions League.

Jamie Holland

A LEADING sports official has claimed an Irish team would have a strong chance of figuring in a European Super League if there was ever a breakaway from the Champions League.

Welshman Julian Jenkins, the outgoing chief commercial officer of Cardiff City, and incoming CEO of Swiss side Servette, thinks Ireland would be commercially attractive if Europe's top clubs left UEFA and created their own vision.

"I feel the way that the Champions League is growing, it is possible that it could lead to a breakaway league programme, albeit not in the immediate future," said Mr Jenkins.

"If such a league does happen, I suspect it would be very open to an Irish team being involved. Irish sporting fans are probably second to none."

Mr Jenkins will be one of the key speakers at the European Sport Tourism Summit, which is sponsored by Shannon Airport and has the Irish Independent as a media partner, in Limerick on May 15.

Among the speakers will be Martin Snedden, CEO of New Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup; Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance; Sarah Harvey, MD of Tough Mudder Europe; Keith Wood, Co-Founder of W2 Consulting and former England and Lions' star Lawrence Dallaglio.

Irish Independent

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