He has remained silent until now. Laurent Nicollin (Laurent Nicollin) said: “I will not spend Sunday on social networks.” But the president of Montpellier HSC did not miss the “Super League” project, this is his more and more world The more “out of touch” symbol. Interview.
What is your reaction to the announcement of the creation of this Super League?
I saw it on Monday, but it was a bit far away because it has nothing to do with me. No matter what happens, I will never play in the Super League. Therefore, it moved one of me, but not the other. Money is always the same, what else do you want to do? Yes, some clubs have regained their sanity, but this may be something later… I admit that the more things develop, the more I connect with the world.
How many worlds are facing each other through this project?
There are some. And we see it in Ligue 1 champions and even in Ligue 2 every day. In Ligue 1, you have 4 big men who want all the money to them so that there are fewer others behind, so we don’t want to make them angry. When we see Montpellier Hérault (Montpellier Hérault) has gone through three and four seasons, France’s 11th budget, L1’s 8th coup, and France’s Coupe de France, it may be Some troubles, because it is illogical to them.
The only beneficiaries of these systems are football players and agents. It’s a pity, because this is a green onion competition, and you always have to pay more and have more. But this is endless.
One of the arguments put forward is the economic aspect…
When I saw the amount of registration for the Super League, 400-500 M€…you are walking backwards. For me, it is no longer a sport, no longer a football. These are banks, investments.
Honestly, with these sums, you will want to know what you are doing. The problem is, you meet someone on the street who associates commercial football with you… When I saw the salary I gave myself, I realized that it was huge. So when I saw the agreement negotiated by Neymar or Mbappé… During the Covid crisis, all clubs were negative and suffering.
What do you think about sports?
Since this is a closed league, there is no pedigree, so yes, there are more spectacles. Real Madrid-AC Milan or Juventus-Barcelona can be your dream, but if it is every three or four Wednesdays…
I like that some clubs are different
From time to time, I am a bit like a French coupe, and sometimes there are some distinctive clubs, such as Ajax in C1 two years ago. Like us. We are the champions of France, which shows. Of course, Montpellier’s entry into the UEFA Champions League may not make you dream, because it won’t bring many UEFA points to France. But if you are a champion, it is because you deserve it, and you can be there.
Most of the twelve clubs eventually gave up. Does this reassure you?
Hindsight shows that people still have certain values. I am not a sect or authoritarian, but from the moment they want to join the league, let them join the league, but UEFA has to exclude them from European competitions. You can’t always have it all.
UEFA had to exclude these clubs and Busta.You can’t always have everything
This is not for me. Because I know we have the opportunity and honor to become champions and win the Champions League.
Will the outcry against this project bring hope?
Somehow, supporters, Manchester fans, Liverpool fans, some politicians, the league and UEFA all strongly protested this. I think now is not the time, this is not our culture.
Our goal is to make the DH club the highest position like ours. It also proves that you can start from below and climb to the top one day. This is sports…
This is not our culture.Our goal is to make the DH club top the list like us
You mentioned Covid and its accompanying financial crisis…
We think people will become more reasonable. The good thing is that it reinforces what I said a few months ago, chasing nature, and then rushing back. They say things will be better, but people will return to the way they were before.
When talking about this, we are not talking about the new formula of the UEFA Champions League that is good for big men.
When talking about this issue, we are not talking about the new UEFA Champions League convention, because the new convention will bring more games and at the same time benefit the big men. Naturally, they are the ones who bring the most public benefits and the most money. Therefore, it is normal for them to recover something. But there are other ways to do this. I have more and more trouble with this.