takes his Liverpool side to face his
predecessor Roy Hodgson at West Brom.
Ironically the records of the 2 managers in
charge of Liverpool for the same amount of
games are remarkably similar.
close of the 1991 season, a proposal
for the establishment of a new
league was tabled that would bring
more money into the game overall.
The Founder Members Agreement,
signed on 17 July 1991 by the game's
top-flight clubs, established the
basic principles for setting up the
FA Premier League. The newly
formed top division would have
commercial independence from the
Football Association and the
Football League, giving the FA
Premier League license to negotiate
its own broadcast and sponsorship
agreements. The argument given at
the time was that the extra income
would allow English clubs to compete
with teams across Europe.
Television money had also become
much more important; the Football
League received £6.3 million for a
two-year agreement in 1986, but when
that deal was renewed in 1988, the
price rose to £44 million over four
years. The 1988 negotiations were
the first signs of a breakaway
league; ten clubs threatened to
leave and form a "super league", but
were eventually persuaded to stay.
As stadia improved and match
attendance and revenues rose, the
country's top teams again considered
leaving the Football League in order
to capitalise on the growing influx
of money being pumped into the