Gary Neville forms pundit army to help fight any further Big Six breakaway plots, with former Man United captain setting up WhatsApp group including BT rivals Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand and Jake Humphrey
- Gary Neville led the fight on Sky Sports against the European Super League
- The pundit believes his colleagues can play a part to prevent more stunts like it
- Neville has formed a WhatsApp group to unite broadcasters on the subject
- Gary Lineker, Jamie Carragher and Rio Ferdinand are among those involved
Gary Neville has brought together a group of pundits, broadcasters and commentators in an attempt to present a unified voice — and prevent further attempts at a breakaway league.
The former Manchester United and England defender is understood to have launched a collaboration that crosses broadcaster rivalries and includes the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker and Steve McManaman.
A call has already taken place and another is due on Tuesday between those involved, with initial plans set to be discussed.
Gary Neville is continuing the fight against another attempt at a breakaway league project
The Sky Sports presenter has got the likes of Rio Ferdinand (L) and Gary Lineker (R) involved
The aim is thought to be to ensure that the group can present a powerful, aligned voice against any moves from club owners to take the game away from its supporters.
Others involved in what is a powerful WhatsApp group include Neville’s fellow Sky pundit Jamie Carragher and Jake Humphrey (BT).
The plot to create a breakaway European Super League is behind the move. Neville’s role in speaking out against the now-defunct proposal is known to have set the tone and played a key role in its downfall.
Jake Humphrey from BT and Jamie Carragher of Sky are also involved in a WhatsApp group
Setting up of group comes amid a continued backlash against those involved in breakaway
There is a recognition that those from within the game who now work in the media can play a key part in ensuring that any further attempts also fail.
While those involved work for a variety of different broadcasters, there is nothing to stop them joining forces on major issues within football.
The setting up of the group comes amid a continued backlash against those involved in the botched breakaway.
After protests at Chelsea and Arsenal, Manchester United fans invaded Old Trafford on Sunday and caused their match with Liverpool to be postponed.