Manchester United and Liverpool are backing an extreme intend to redesign English football, driven by the English Football League, which would see authority over the Premier League change to the top groups, sources have affirmed to ESPN.
The arrangement, first announced in the Telegraph, has been called “Project Big Picture” and would see an upgrade of the funds of the Premier League and the EFL.
Proposed by the EFL and its director, Rick Parry, the plans incorporate decreasing the Premier League to 18 groups, giving controlling capacity to the nine clubs who have been in the alliance the longest, and abrogating the League Cup and the Community Shield.
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The Premier League has been represented by the one-club, one-vote rule yet in the event that this change is acknowledged force would move to the enormous six of United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea just as Everton, Southampton and West Ham. Changes would require the votes of only six of these clubs to be acquired.
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“It is definitely going to be challenging and it is an enormous change, so that won’t be without some pain,” Parry told the Telegraph.
“Do I truly believe it’s for everyone’s benefit of the game overall? Totally. Also, in the event that the [big] six are determining some advantage then is there any good reason why they shouldn’t. Is there any valid reason why they wouldn’t put their names to this in any case?”
As a byproduct of tolerating the proposition, the Premier League would give 25% of its yearly income to EFL clubs just as gifting £250 million to the alliance to sure up clubs during the pandemic and a further £100m to the Football Association.
With the decrease of spots in the Premier League, there would be two programmed advancement places for Championship clubs and afterward the third, fourth and fifth-set clubs would contend in a play-off competition with the 16th-put Premier League club.
A Premier League proclamation, notwithstanding, reproached the arrangement and said it was significant for all sides to cooperate.
“Both the Premier League and the FA support a wide-ranging discussion on the future of the game, including its competition structures, calendar and overall financing particularly in light of the effects of COVID-19,” the announcement said. Football has numerous partners, consequently this work ought to be helped out through the correct channels empowering all clubs and partners the chance to contribute.
“In the Premier League’s view, a number of the individual proposals in the plan published today could have a damaging impact on the whole game and we are disappointed to see that Rick Parry, Chair of the EFL, has given his on-the-record support. The Premier League has been working in good faith with its clubs and the EFL to seek a resolution to the requirement for COVID-19 rescue funding. This work will continue.”
A discussion around these proposition started as right on time as 2017 however has been quickened as of late as the Covid pandemic has kept on influencing clubs here and there the English football framework.
“What do we do? Leave it precisely for what it’s worth and permit the littler clubs to shrink? Or on the other hand do we take care of business? Also, you can’t take care of business without something evolving. What’s more, the perspective on our clubs is if the [big] six get a few advantages yet the 72 additionally do, we are available,” Parry said.
ESPN’s Mark Ogden added to this report.