English Premier League: Will It Exist In Ten Years?

illya mclellanSenior Analyst IFebruary 3, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 16:  Carlos Tevez, Nemanja Vidic, Ji-Sung Park, Rio Ferdinand and Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United celebrate winning the Barclays Premier League trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on May 16, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The roller-coaster that is the English Premier League has certainly had its up and downs over the last 20 years. In some instances it has heartily flung aside its participants, some of who now inhabit the lower reaches of the English footballing landscape.

The teams who have managed to hold on and who have gained admission to the ride during the time that has passed since its inception have found the rewards to be breathtaking at times and certainly they have benefited financially from extended participation.

But many teams have fallen off and found themselves broken and wounded while their former colleagues have continued on the tracks high above them.

Teams such as Norwich City, Leeds United, Wimbledon and Sheffield Wednesday. Leeds United in particular have convalesced for an extremely long time and are now beginning to look as though they may finally approaching the steps of the roller-coaster again, if recent form is able to be sustained and built upon.

Something that is extremely interesting in regards to the history of the competition however and something that may prove rather irksome for the teams that have found themselves on the outer, is the fact that the initial creation of the EPL involved the bigger teams in the old Championship seeking to create a situation in which they were able to benefit in an enhanced capacity from the marketability of their various brands.

This of course led to the creation of an elite competition that had a deal in place with the television companies, that was separate from the organization of the Football League.

What I allude to here is of course the financial factor that influenced the creation and that, in recent times it has been suggested that the bigger and more successful teams, may at some stage break away and create some sort of hybrid that involves other big teams from Europe and around the world.

So the question of the future of the EPL undoubtedly springs to mind when one begins to ponder the future and the past of the elite competition of England. The foundations have of course been laid with the creation of a group based system in the Champions League.

This could easily be expanded on to create some sort of 'Euroleague'.

The principal question being whether the ambitious and cash driven will be able to change the nature of the European game, in such a way that they are able to benefit in an even more substantial way than they already do.

Of course speculation and projection is one way of preparing for the possible advent of such change, but it is also just that, mindless speculation.

The preceding decade has however shown that in terms of the EPL there exists a chance for economically powerful groups to waltz in and take charge of clubs in order to fulfill their business aims, as in the case of the Glazers at Manchester United, or their whims and dreams of success, in the case of the new owners of Manchester City.

These two ownership groups, as you would expect, would be quite willing to jump on the bandwagon of a truly international club competition. It will be interesting to see if they can convince their peers of the validity and potential success of such a venture.

Will we see a 'Euro Superleague' in the next few years?