Ferguson and Harford, who managed England's last two entrants in the competition, said they felt it went against the spirit of the competition. "It waters it down," Harford said. Ferguson, whose Manchester United team are the most likely beneficiaries of an extension, agreed. "The second- placed club should not get in. You want to compete as the champions," he said.
Not, of course, that he would turn down an invitation. "You go into whichever competition you are told to," he added.Reuse content