NEWTOWN manager Chris Hughes believes the fallout from the collapsed European Super League will provide a valuable lesson for students of the game.

Hughes is Football, Coaching and Performance Specialist Lecturer at Glyndwr University in Wrexham as well as being a UEFA Pro Licence Holder, Football Association of Wales coaching tutor and first-team manager of Newtown AFC in the JD Cymru Premier

As the dust settles, Hughes said it will be fascinating for students to study the events of a whirlwind few days in the game.

He said: “As academics you almost look at it two ways. Wearing your football supporters hat you can understand the outrage and thoughts of ‘how could this happen?’.

“But then academically, I’ve read a lot of good articles around the issue, how it came about, where it’s all come from – those 12 clubs, their anger at UEFA, at how the Champions League money and Europa League money is going to be redistributed.

“From our point of view as an academic team, as a programme team, it’s an interesting debate to get into and there is lots of research out there.

“I’m sure as more and more comes out in the next few weeks, more research will become available.”

As manager of Newtown, Hughes has insight into European club football having qualified for the UEFA Europa League in 2015, where the mid Wales side took on Valletta of Malta and Danish giants FC Copenhagen.

He said: “We have to be relevant on our degree course, and football changes hourly, daily, it changes all the time.

“We have to make sure we are giving our students the latest, whether it’s in coaching, talking about relationships managing upwards, managing downwards, relationships with people who have got an interest in your football club are a managing stakeholder in your football club, and want to speak to you - you have to know how to deal with that as a head coach or a manager.

“As volatile as the (ESL) situation still is with a lot of people, I think from our point of view it is an opportunity to learn and develop our students as well in the way that football works.”

He added: “From when the Premier League started in 1992 to now, it’s a completely different game.

“So we have a responsibility to our students to make sure that we are on top of the ever-changing demands placed on a coach or a manager, sporting director or director of football - lots of roles in the game now, that we discuss in our lectures and our modules.”