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The Glazer Boys
In 2009, Phil Gartside, Chairman of Bolton Wanderers, the only other Premier League club represented on the FA Board, proposed a new structure for the Premiership. It would be divided into two leagues of 18 teams, with Celtic and Rangers being invited to join from Scotland.
While those proposals weren't accepted, the rich clubs in Europe are getting richer, and they want more power over their own fortunes.
David Gill is a man of power and influence. He is the Glazers' appointed figurehead at United, having been a director for 14 years and CEO for 10. He is widely respected in European football. With the growing number of wealthy owners and Chairman directed clubs, he probably has as much power as anyone else in his position.
He was also vice-Chairman of G-14 of European clubs which until 2008 represented European club football. Other members were Barcelona and Real Madrid, with Liverpool the only other British club.
Expanded to 18 clubs before its demise, it seems likely that this group continues to dominate the behind the scenes moves to establish a European Super League at some stage. Milan led the last serious move and UEFA responded by giving more Champions League places to the top leagues.
In 2009, it was assumed that any such league would include: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Internazionale, AC Milan, Juventus,Bayern Munich, Lyons, Porto, Celtic, Rangers, Olympiakos.
The most notable absentee from this list is Manchester City.