The Premier League has distanced itself from reports of a plan, titled ‘Project Big Picture’, which would overhaul English football and give an enormous amount of power to the big six clubs.
A report from The Daily Telegraph on Sunday revealed that Liverpool’s owners had authored a proposal, which has the support of Manchester United, which would see a £250million bail-out handed to EFL clubs in exchange for a host of dramatic changes.
The Premier League would be reduced to just 18 teams and the League Cup and Community Shield scrapped, while only six votes – rather than the current 14 – would be needed to make rule changes.
EFL chairman Rick Parry came out in support of the plans, telling the Telegraph: ‘The view of our clubs is if the [big] six get some benefits but the 72 also do, then we are up for it.’
But the Premier League has now released a statement raising concerns over a number of the proposals suggested, as well as Parry’s comments, and still hopes to be able to give EFL clubs the money they need without resorting to such extreme measures.
‘We have seen media reports today regarding a plan to restructure football in this country,’ read the statement.
‘English football is the world’s most watched, and has a vibrant, dynamic and competitive league structure that drives interest around the globe.
‘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.
‘Football has many stakeholders, therefore this work should be carried out through the proper channels enabling all clubs and stakeholders the opportunity 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.’