Van den Bergh's manager Elkin on potential Premier League tilt: "I think he's ready, I think he'll do damage"
Mac Elkin is behind one of the biggest management stables in the PDC, the Sportsman Management Company who have among their roster, the likes of Glen Durrant, Dimitri van den Bergh and James Wade.
As a result, he knows first hand the rigours of the current situation regarding the return of darts and all that comes with it. In a recent interview with Online Darts, he spoke about the financial aspect of the return as well as his thoughts on the block of multiple events.
"I love it, for myself who has got a big stable. We're going to Hildesheim in September, it's absolutely mega money. It's really expensive, I've got to get flights, I've got to get everybody there. The hotel seemed to put the prices up so it's just short of £1,000 a room. I've got to book nine rooms, it's a £10,000 weekend before I even earn a penny," said Elkin to Online Darts.
"I really like it, if you're a professional dart player it shouldn't be no problem. Some of the lesser ranked players have to work but I think it's a fantastic idea. I can see more of these being in the week and can see a few more European Tours added on next year as well."
Thoughts on potential Premier League for Van den Bergh and World Series lacking Durrant
The attention will turn at the end of the year for Dimitri van den Bergh as World Matchplay winner to a potential Premier League tilt and Elkin thinks he will do well if involved.
"I think he's ready, I think he'll do damage. When he played Premier League as one of the contenders, he played James Wade in Rotterdam. He came away with the draw, he played absolutely brilliant. Not fazed or nothing. I think now he's ready I really do."
On the other end of the spectrum though, Glen Durrant was not picked for the World Series of Darts Finals in Salzburg and there was also reaction to that with Elkin admitting it was a shock to the system.
"Surprised is not the word, I was disappointed. I looked at some of the invites, I know how they work it and it's people who was invited. I get that. He's top of the Premier League, he's got to four major semi-finals. He's missed half of this year and he's 12th in the world. Everything and he didn't get an invite."
"They said Dimitri, James, Kyle and I'm sat there waiting. I'm like what about Glen and they went unfortunately Glen has to qualify. Without sounding too dramatic, it was a like a ton of bricks falling on me."