EUROPEAN football’s superpowers were surprised to find West Brom at their secret ‘super league’ meeting.
Officials from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United attended the high-powered talks alongside West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace who was clutching a lukewarm pint of Foster’s.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “We were all saying how nice it was to get away from the riffraff, the Norwich Citys of this world, so it was a jolt to see Jeremy there in his Marks & Spencer suit.
“Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis and I exchanged stories about what it’s like running a global superpower only for Peace to drown us out with a story about how he managed to get some knock-off kits from a market stall in Birmingham.
Woodward added: “In fact he was pretty much the loudest man at the table, except for when the bill arrived, then he suddenly went very quiet indeed.”’
Peace said: “I’ve volunteered to host the next meeting at the All Bar One in New Street Station.”