(The Guardian)'It's not for the good of football' Aston Villa were in the running for a top-four finish until quite recently. Their manager Dean Smith, who Florentino Pérez would probably describe as a passionate “legacy fan”, drew on his history of support for his club and the beauty of the football pyramid as he made clear his views on the European Super League plans: I was born in 1971 at that time Aston Villa were a Third Division club and 11 years later I watched them lift the European Cup. That was the dream, they earned the right to do that by winning the league. While I understand competitions evolve - I liked the European Cup being the winners of the league - that changed, it needed to because of the finances which were coming into the game and the Champions League now needs to evolve now and change. But then to create your own Super League where there’s no promotion or relegation, it totally baffles me. For me it’s not for the good of football, it’s totally a commercial venture. Football and sport is about competition and this is not about competition.