Gary Neville tells Aston Villa what they ‘should be desperate for'

Gary Neville insists Aston Villa ‘should be desperate’ for an independent regulator to be introduced in English football.

A fan-led review of English football by MP Tracey Crouch discovered numerous problems within the game and recommended that an independent regulator be appointed to avoid catastrophes like Bury going bust or another attempt to form a European Super League.

Villa chief executive Christian Purslow insists the so-called ‘Big Six’ wouldn’t dream of trying to join another breakaway league after the embarrassing 48-hour U-turn earlier this year.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were all forced to leave the European Super League days after it was announced due to the backlash it received.

However, Purslow – who claims the Premier League will filter £1.6billion down the leagues to help fund EFL clubs – insists an independent regulator is not the answer.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Purslow said: “I’m not here to block the government, I had a great conversation with Tracey Crouch in the summer, but I don’t think the problem lies with the Premier League.

“But the solution lies in the Premier League. Can we work with Tracey to work out the problems? Do we need an independent regulator? Probably not.”

Ex-Manchester United right-back Neville, now a pundit on Sky Sports and co-owner of League Two club Salford City, has been outspoken in his belief that football requires an independent regulator.

Neville is adamant that clubs outside the ‘Big Six’ need to protect themselves – and he believes Villa are no different.

He tweeted: “The top six can’t speak out as they have lost all credibility on football governance issues.

“Palace and Villa should be desperate for a regulator to stop ‘The Top Six’ scheming behind their backs and doing untold and irreparable damage.”

Neville added: “The regulator will not be controlled by the Government and the Government will not be running football.

“Don’t allow the PR and scaremongering from the Premier League clubs to embed itself.”

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