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Ralph Hasenhuttl: Project Big Picture would have made Premier League boring

SOUTHAMPTON manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Project Big Picture would have made the Premier League ‘boring’ and prevented a repeat of Leicester’s shock 2016 title triumph.

Hasenhuttl (pictured) was unsurprised to see the revolutionary proposals — which would have given greater power to the division’s so-called ‘big six’ sides — unanimously rejected by top-flight clubs.

The Austrian feels the plans were short-sighted and would have detracted from the entertainment and unpredictability of English football.

He also feared they threatened to severely limit the number of potential champions, referencing Bayern Munich’s domination of the Bundesliga and Juventus’ stranglehold on Serie A.

‘I think it’s short thinking because maybe you get immediately a little bit more money or a better advantage for yourself,’ he said.

‘But in the end it ends up in a league that maybe has one champion for the next nine years like in Germany or in Italy. For me, it’s boring, to be honest.

‘What I like so much about the Premier League is that we have every two, three years a new champion. A Leicester will never be possible with these changes.

‘I am very happy that they have seen it is better to stick with what we have done here so far in England because it’s not a coincidence that it is the most famous and the most popular league in the world.’