Gary Neville forms ‘pundit army’ including Sky Sports AND BT Sport analysts to counter threat of new breakaway league

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GARY NEVILLE has formed a ‘pundits army’ WhatsApp group in the aftermath of the failed European Super League, according to reports.

The Manchester United legend played a prominent role in publicly fighting the ESL during its short-lived launch.

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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have been passionate voices against the ESL in recent weeks[/caption]
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BT Sport regulars are believed to be in the chat[/caption]

And he is equally passionate about staving off future potential coups from greedy owners.

Neville, 46, is a key figure in Sky Sports’ football coverage.

But, for the good of the game, he is stepping across broadcasting lines to unify with BT Sport pundits.

The former England star has created a WhatsApp group, featuring some of the biggest names in UK punditry.

Alongside his fellow Sky Sports stalwart Jamie Carragher, Neville has introduced the likes of Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Steve McManaman and Jake Humphrey from BT to the chat.

According to the Mail, these pundits recognise that they can play a huge part in protecting the values that fans hold dearest in the game.

And their roles at rival broadcasters doesn’t have to separate them on football’s biggest topics.

The aim is to be able to present a single, unified voice on the biggest threats to the English game – including a future further ESL attempt.

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Gary Lineker is also in the WhatsApp group[/caption]

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Pundits have already communicated via the chat, and another call between the them is set to take place today.

After the Super League’s ‘launch’ just over a fortnight ago, Neville and Carragher led the public charge against it, with an impassioned Monday Night Football appearance the following day.

Chelsea fans then produced large scale protests 48 hours later, before the whole project came crashing down.

Further fan unrest has followed since, as supporters of the ‘Big Six’ show their fury towards owners that threatened to rip them away from English football.

Arsenal fans rallied against already unpopular owner Stan Kroenke, with protests prior to their 1-0 defeat to Everton.

And Manchester United fans dramatically followed suit on Sunday, having their match with Liverpool postponed after thousands gathered outside Old Trafford – with some even making their way inside the stadium.

Neville emphatically backed the fans on the matter, defending their right to take a stand and returning a protester’s fist bump at the Theatre of Dreams.

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