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

Ralph Hasenhuttl believes that Project Big Picture would have made the Premier League "boring".

The Southampton boss revealed that he was not surprised to see proposals from Manchester United and Liverpool - which would have seen more power granted to the league's 'big six' teams - rejected as he feels they would have ruined the unpredictability of the English game. He suggests that would have led to just one team being dominant like Bayern Munich in Germany and Juventus in Italy.

Hasenhuttl said: "I am not really surprised (about the rejection of the plans) because when you hear the rumours around the fans and everybody, you could feel immediately that there is not big support for this idea.

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

"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."

Hasenhuttl thought that the scrapped proposal would have ended the possibility of underdog triumphs such as Leicester City winning the Premier League in 2016.

He explained: "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.

"The reason why the Premier League is so famous is because it’s the most competitive in the world – a 7-2 result from (Aston) Villa against Liverpool is what makes this league so interesting. This is what nobody wants to miss."

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