It was an attempt by the owners of the six big Premier League sides to improve their finances and protect themselves in an exclusive league of Europe’s most famous clubs.
Thankfully, their plans were scuppered following outrage from fans and vocal players coming out to criticise the proposal, too.
Every football fan desires a decent owner in charge of their club. Someone who not only improves the team’s fortunes on the pitch, but also maintains a strong connection to the fanbase and local community.
Of course, the breakaway European Super League plans will have done nothing to improve the relationship between the owners of the 12 clubs who considered the proposal and their fans.
The European Super League shone a light on the greed at the top of the football pyramid. But while the Glazers maintain a frosty relationship with Man United supporters, the work of the Srivaddhanaprabha family since taking over Leicester City shows that there remain some decent owners in the game.
A study into the popularity of Premier League owners shows that the Srivaddhanaprabha family are, in fact, the most popular owners in the top flight.
The study was carried out by Free Bets, who analysed every article and tweet sent about the major shareholder of all 20 clubs over the last two years to determine a ranked list of owner popularity.
Here’s the list, in order from least popularity to most.
20. Gao Jisheng and Katharina Liebherr | Southampton
19. Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright | Everton
18. David Sullivan | West Ham
17. Mike Ashley | Newcastle
16. Stan Kroenke | Arsenal
15. Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones | Norwich City
14. ALK Capital | Burnley
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13. Guo Guangchang and Liang Xinjun | Wolves
12. Gino Pozzo | Watford
11. John W. Henry and Tom Werner | Liverpool
10. The Glazers | Manchester United
9. Sheikh Mansour | Manchester City
8. Matthew Benham | Brentford
7. Nassef Sawiris and Wesley Edens | Aston Villa
6. Andrea Radrizzani and 49ers Enterprises | Leeds United
5. Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy | Tottenham Hotspur
4. Steve Parish, Joshua Harris and David S. Blitzer | Crystal Palace
3. Roman Abramovich | Chelsea
2. Tony Bloom | Brighton
1. The Srivaddhanaprabha family | Leicester City
It’s no surprise to see Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester’s owner, at the top of the list.
Srivaddhanaprabha took over the club following the tragic passing of his father, Vichai, and has done a fine job, with the Foxes winning the FA Cup in May.
In terms of surprises, we’re surprised to see the Glazers at 10, given the number of protests against United’s owners. However, they have continuously invested in the team over the years and the club’s fans were treated to the return of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.