Only six top-flight teams are in favor of project Big Picture proposals ahead of a shareholder meeting on Wednesday, the owner of one of the clubs in the Premier League told Sky Sports News.
All 20 clubs in the Premier League will be involved in a virtual meeting at 11am to discuss proposals.
“We’re 100 percent against the plan.” “If there was a vote here now, I would be surprised if more than six people support it. I can guarantee you that most of the owners of the club are against it.
“Who knows, someone might be able to come to terms but we have no way of supporting what is on the table.”
The proposals would give special status and preferred votes to the so-called big six clubs – Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham.
The EFL has backed the project Big Picture plan after meeting with Rick Parry, chairman of most of its clubs.
Each division held its own separate discussions with the EFL chairman on Tuesday and was willing to discuss the proposals of the “overwhelming majority” of EFL clubs.
An EFL statement said: “Proposals to address the short-term financial needs created by Covid-19 as well as to address long-term economic imbalances across the football pyramid have received strong support, including an irresistible primary for the future of the English pyramid. Clubs are interested in further discussions on these proposals.
“It was agreed that the proposals must be discussed and discussed in detail with all stakeholders for the convenience of the English game, and there is a clear need for rapid progress in this regard even if there is no timeline for what will happen next. It is practically possible.”
‘Project Big Picture’ proposal
- The Premier League has been reduced to 18 clubs
- There are no EFL Cups or Community Shields
- Special status for the nine longest serving clubs – ‘Big Six’, Everton, West Ham, Southampton
- Of the nine clubs that have served the longest, only six will have to vote for a major change
- Immediate compensation of 250 250 million for the EFL
- The figure also represents a coronavirus financial bail-out
- The 16th-ranked club in the Premier League to replace the Championship club, which finished sixth in the EFL play-offs.
- The Premier League is committed to 25 per cent of future revenue in the EFL
Eleven EFL clubs reported Sky Sports News They can go out of business at the end of the season without fans and without any financial guarantee.
Paris is a supporter of the controversial Big Picture proposal, a detailed plan that would see the biggest restructuring of the Premier League since its inception in 1992, but has been opposed by fans of the division’s ‘Big Six’ team.
Under the plan, revenue for lower-league clubs will increase, as well as improved m250 million parachute payments.
However, there are concerns that Parry’s comments have disappointed the Premier League and could threaten a potential bailout. A board member at a club in the Premier League said the feeling among most teams in the division was that Parry should resign now.
Villa chief: The Premier League model changes a concern
Aston Villa chief executive Christian Parslow said he was concerned about possible changes to the successful model of the Premier League that could come from Project Big Picture.
“I don’t know much about the Premier League Big Picture. I’m looking forward to today’s Premier League meeting to hear details from Manchester United and Liverpool,” Parslow said. Sky Sports News.
“I must say that I am concerned about the transition to such a successful and commercially outstanding league at a time when all the successes in football need to be achieved in order to deal with financial problems.”
Asked if clubs like Aston Villa were being pushed into the proposals, Parslow replied: “Not at all. The plan has been published in the media, it has not been discussed, it will be today.
“We have an effective system for discussing issues, all 20 clubs have an equal five per cent share in the league, which we see often.
“After a healthy discussion we will see two things; everyone in the Premier League understands the short-term priorities will help further the more cash problems of the pyramid, in the long run it will continue to be a catalyst for a more detailed discussion on the structure of English football.
“I strongly feel that we need to look at the relationship between the Premier League and the Championship and the other epidemics that have a natural epidemic.
“I think we’ll see an interest in bringing these things to a table. The unusual thing about this project is that it’s being discussed by the head of the EFL and two owners outside the boardroom – that’s not how I would go about it.”
Fear of surviving six championship clubs
Six championship clubs reported Sky Sports News If there is no financial bailout in the future, they are afraid of their club surviving.
In a survey conducted by Sky Sports News, Eight clubs also said they have to make club staff redundant, or have to.
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Eighty-five percent of the League Two clubs are concerned about finances
Thirteen League Two clubs responded to the Score Sports News survey and 85 percent said they were concerned about their current financial situation. Ninety-nine percent were satisfied with the government’s efforts to bring fans back to the stadiums.
Stevens chairman Phil Wallace said Sky Sports News: “We’ve already got our home on the players’ side. But I think a one-shot in the arm would be very welcome to get things right and make us stand on the path to sustainability.
“The government has forced the Premier League to pick it up. Rick Parry says the definition of ‘pick it up’ is 250 250 million. Whether it’s a string or something else as part of the big picture.
“But I think our time is running out. It will probably be later this year before the clubs start to get into serious trouble.”
With the exception of the two clubs that responded to the survey, only the Premier League and the government felt that financial support should be provided.
Fans were expected to return to the stadiums in early October, but plans were put on hold as coronavirus cases began to emerge across the UK.
Ticket money is crucial for lower-league clubs and because of the wages of their outgoing key players, many are now relying on bill owners to keep their owners in disarray.