Gary Neville, Andy Burnham plus ex-FA chairman David Bernstein are usually part of a group which will necessitate independent regulation of football included in ongoing debates about its future.
The group will publish a strategy on Thursday outlining a series of reconstructs following several months of discussions because the sport examines new methods of governance in the wake of the financial after effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Independent regulation has been consistently ignored by the Football Association and its associate clubs but may now be a far more attractive proposition with several lower-league clubs admitting they are at improving risk of bankruptcy without door receipts as football grounds stay closed to the public.
‘Project Big Picture’ plans
- Premier League reduced to 18 night clubs
- No EFL Cup or Community Shield
- Special status regarding nine longest serving clubs — ‘Big Six’, Everton, West Pig, Southampton
- Just six of the nine longest-serving night clubs need to vote for major alter
- £250m instant compensation for EFL
- Figure also represents coronavirus financial bail-out
- Club who finishes 16th within Premier League to replace sixth-placed Tournament club in EFL play-offs
- Premier League in order to commit 25 per cent of upcoming revenue to EFL
The other associates of the group are the Conservative MP plus former sports minister Helen Give, television presenter and former Olympic heptathlete Denise Lewis, Mervyn Ruler, the former governor of the Bank associated with England, and sports lawyer Greg Scott.
Premier League clubs have turned down Project Big Picture but have agreed to create an urgent situation financial package for clubs within League One and League 2.
The clubs also have agreed to work as a “collective” along with transparency on any future programs that involve the structure or even financial of English football.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Premier League said: “All 20 Premier League clubs today unanimously agreed that Project Big Picture will not be endorsed or pursued by the Premier League, or The FA.
“Further, Premier League Shareholders agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football, seeing all stakeholders to ensure a vibrant, competitive and sustainable football pyramid. ”
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