Liverpool And United Back "Project Big Picture" Overhaul Of English Football
Sunday, 11th Oct 2020 20:59
The so called Project Big Picture’ it would be the biggest overhaul of English football since 1992, which saw the arrival of the Premier League, and many would contend, would hand greater power to the 'Big Six' .
Reports emanating in the Telegraph suggest that the two clubs have been working for three years on a radical set of proposals to reshape both the Premier League and EFL, this would be the biggest overhaul within English football since 1992 when the Premier League came into being.
Those outside of the Big Six see it as a power grab with a main proposal being the abolishment of the one-club, one-vote rule which has underpinned the Premier League since its inception.
The requirement to get 14 votes to pass any decision or regulation would also be abolished.
Ironically for Saints the change could actually be of benefit to us, as In its place the nine clubs who have been in the Premier League for the longest - which, at present, includes the big six, Everton, Southampton and West Ham - would have ultimate power.
As such, the ‘Big Six’ bloc - including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs - would be able to force through decisions without needing an overall majority - thus diluting the powers of the other 11 Premier League clubs, such as Newcastle, Wolves, Aston Villa, Leeds and Leicester City. .
Under the proposal, with talks that began in 2017 having recently been accelerated amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League would also drop to 18 clubs.
It also reduces the number of Championship playoff places from four to three and gives the Premier League side who finished third from bottom a second chance to stay up.
TV contracts would also change, with a new model for the distribution of TV revenue. According to the document: “A reset of the economics and governance of the English football pyramid is long overdue”.
It would also lead to changes within the Football League, who would be handed a £250million rescue package to see them through the Covid-19 crisis if it goes ahead.
Many would say that from the moment the Premier League was formed the big clubs had a game plan and that the current crisis has enabled them to put their plans to the fore.
The first thought would be that the Premier League would become even more one sided than it is now, but on the other hand this offer the rest of the clubs outside the Big Six to unite with a show of force and revamp the structure so that it once again becomes competitive and not just a pyramid where at the top sit six clubs bigger and richer than the others.
I would contend that if those clubs were cast adrift then football would have it's soul back, we would have a League where the destination of the trophies is not almost certainly one of half a dozen elite clubs.
Perhaps initially it would be tough, but truthfully what would they do without the rest of the League, the nation would soon be bored of seeing each of the six playing each other 6 times a season.
Footbal clubs and their fans need to unite and look to a system that can enable football to survive not just the elite.
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