I SAID to a pal of mine on Tuesday that I thought the European Super League was dead in the water before it had even started. He came back to me on Wednesday and couldn’t believe how quickly it had happened!

Not many people would have foreseen the idea collapsing as quickly as it did late on Tuesday evening but the power of the fans has spoken and I am pleased that the competition - if you can even call it that - now won’t go ahead.

The Super League was a slap in the face to your working fan, your season ticket holders and the families that have been going through thick and thin for generations. In the end, it was those very people that stopped it and I am delighted for them.

You saw the scenes at Chelsea on Tuesday night as they gathered at Stamford Bridge and within hours it was confirmed that they would be pulling out of the Super League.

News came out that Manchester City were going to do the same and then the domino effect was just incredible to see as clubs across England and across Europe realised that this scheme just wasn’t going to work. It was over before it had even started.

The man on the street has had enough of their clubs and the game being taken away from them, especially in England, and it was heartening to see that they finally had their voices heard over this issue.

There is always going to be a tipping point for fans and they showed their anger here and got the outcome that they all wanted but they still have a lot of work to do to really influence their clubs and the game in a wider sense.

But if you are organised properly, if your messages are sound and to the point, then you certainly still have a voice and you can still make it heard.

If there is one thing to be taken from the last year of games being played behind closed doors it is the fact that football is nothing without the supporters.

Their backing – both in an emotional sense and a financial one – should never be taken for granted but that is what seemed to happen here and the ‘Big Six’ now have a lot of making up to do.

The backlash from the fans over this idea was vociferous, but it was called out and questioned by media pundits and by former players and then by current managers and players and it always looked doomed to failure because it just didn’t have any backing.

If you are football fan, you will be delighted that the Super League idea has gone as quickly as it arrived and you can say that this has been a victory for the supporters.

But the actions of these clubs won’t be forgotten easily and there will be sections of each fan base that will never forgive the owners for what they attempted to do here.

I saw the apology from John W Henry on Wednesday morning and he actually said the word ‘sorry’. That is the word that we have been trying to hear from politicians from the last year-and-a-half!

It is easy for people to weave their way around saying that actual word and I don’t know if that message will be enough to placate and satisfy the Liverpool supporters right now.

There will still be a bad feeling and a sour taste left in the mouths of many when they think of what this uprising has caused and what it could have resulted in.

That won’t just be Liverpool fans, either. That will be the fans of every club, both in England and abroad, that have been let down by their owners and their executives.

In the coming weeks, these same clubs will be going to the fans looking for season tickets to be renewed, for hospitality to be taken and for merchandise to be bought.

The fans won’t forget what has happened here in a hurry, but they do love their clubs and want to see their teams and there are corporate guests who want to be the games.

The guys who went with their grandparents or parents and are now taking their own kids, these are the real supporters, the real lifeblood of these clubs and of football in general and 'Big Six' have a lot of ground to make up with that core support now.

The Super League idea may be dead but there will still be clubs at the very top of the game that will be looking for ways to make more money and to initiate reform of European competition.

The changes to the Champions League almost went under the radar this week given everything else that has been going on and there will be people in the game for whom even those plans aren’t enough.

We have heard talk about the Atlantic League proposal for long enough and it never came to the surface. This one did, though, and it was like a tidal wave.

The question that a lot of people will be asking now is whether this is the end for a Super League style competition or whether it will come back again in the future?

The fact that it emerged and then was killed off so quickly has intrigued me. I thought there would have been a Plan B or another tweaked proposal that they could have put forward.

The whole thing doesn’t look like it has been well thought-out at all and they certainly didn’t take into account the role that their supporters would ultimately play here.