Man United Liverpool see proposal to overhaul Premier League rejected

Tanya Simon
October 16, 2020

Project Big Picture has been scrapped after an emergency meeting between Premier League clubs on Wednesday.

The plan - known as Project Big Picture - was criticised by the government and Premier League leadership ahead of Wednesday's video call between clubs.

The EFL subsequently confirmed it will convene on Thursday to discuss the Premier League's offer of a "much-needed support package", while also expressing its encouragement at the promise of an urgent review to protect the football pyramid.

The bailout comes as encouraging news for lower-league clubs - the majority of whom had supported Project Big Picture.

Whilst you also had: 'Premier League Shareholders today unanimously agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football'.

Liverpool and Manchester United have said nothing publicly about their role in the radical strategy, leaving EFL chairman Rick Parry to be their public spokesman.

League One and League Two clubs will have access to £20m ($26m) in grants over the short term, while the remaining £30m ($39m) will be set aside to ensure no team from those divisions goes out of business as a result of Covid-19.

"The Premier League has rejected the controversial Project Big Picture proposals to reform English football but has committed to a strategic review that will seek a "vibrant, competitive and sustainable" league structure".

The process will include the FA, the United Kingdom government and the EFL, added the statement.

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"This offer will consist of grants and interest-free loans totalling a further £50million on top of the £27.2million solidarity payments already advanced to League One and League Two this year, making a total of £77.2million".

There would also be changes to voting rights and a substantial financial settlement for the struggling EFL due to the pandemic.

Accrington Stanley, another League One club, also outlined their opposition.

Speaking to Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, Culture Secretary Dowden said the proposals "tended towards a closed shop" for the big six.

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Premier League CEO Richard Masters said the meeting had been "candid, constructive, positive in the end".

However, Liverpool and United are among the top sides to argue they generate greater interest in the league and attract a larger share of the global audience than many of their rivals, believing their influence should be proportionate to their popularity.

"I think most League One and League Two clubs will be for it as could potentially solve short-term and long-term issues as (we could) potentially be getting two or three times what we normally get in central monies, yet the proposal seems clear that they don't want any control over EFL matters, which would stay with EFL".

He said he had walked away from PBP discussions last spring "when the principal aim of these discussions became the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few clubs with a breakaway league mooted as a threat".

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