The news that West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has been appointed England manager has been met by luke warm praise at best and out right derision at worst.
In an echo back to the time the people's favourite, Brian Clough, was overlooked by the FA who preferred Ron Greenwood, those asleep at the wheel of English football have done it again by taking note of the public's desire for Harry Redknapp and pointedly declaring that they know better than the unwashed masses. Typical FA arrogance and stupidity that we have come to expect over the years.
Yet for the Premier League this is excellent news. A strong, vibrant Tottenham side is good for football. The Premier League now has eight quality teams; City, United, Arsenal, Spurs, Newcastle, Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool. Give Mark Hughes time at QPR and also Martin O'Neill at Sunderland and ultimately you start to have the basis for an independent Premier League. One not withholding to FIFA, UEFA or anyone else, but one that thrives outside of the current bureaucracy and makes all the clubs money.
This is coming. Maybe not next year or even a couple of years from now, but you'll see a monumental break in football. The Premier League will not worry about international dates as their players will no longer play those games. There will be a salary cap, one that the clubs can live with and top level wages for the players, but all the UEFA nonsense will go away. The English clubs survived and thrived just fine without European football when they were banned for winning too many competitions in Europe - known technically as a ban for football hooliganism - and it will thrive again by itself.
Ultimately a self contained league, like the sports leagues in the US, will be the standard. The Premier League contains too many owners who understand the value of their club as a franchise (yes that dreaded F word) for this not to occur.
City will be one of those clubs at the forefront. A true global brand as Sheikh Mansour turns his City investment into a profitable venture.