Arsene Wenger warned a £250m bailout will not save EFL night clubs and says problems run “much deeper” than the quick-fix outlined within Project Big Picture.
The proposals – drawn up simply by Liverpool’s owners and backed simply by Manchester United – reveal a strategy to overhaul the English video game and place the majority of power into the fingers of the biggest clubs, ending the particular Premier League’s current one-club, one-vote system.
A spokesperson for Boris Johnson condemned the program as “backroom dealing” which “undermines the trust in football’s governance”, as the Premier League said a number of the plans would have a “damaging impact on the entire game”.
But EFL chairman Rick Parry backs the particular changes, which include lower-league sides getting a £250m package, as well as 25 percent of television deals negotiated with the Premier League.
He or she is expected to meet with clubs from the Tournament, League One and League 2 on Tuesday to explain in detail just how he believes Project Big Image will affect them.
Former Arsenal manager Wenger — who is FIFA’s chief of worldwide football development – has asked Parry’s claims they provide “long-term sustainability” for the clubs under his legal system.
“If nothing occurs, the smaller clubs will die. We don’t think that one payment will straighten out the problem. The problem is much deeper than that will, ” Wenger said – talking with Geoff Shreeves at a special event meant for Sky VIP customers on Mon.
“The money definitely has to be shared, the income from the top clubs has to be shared the fraction more with the smaller night clubs. ”
Head lines from Project Big Picture
- Leading League reduced from 18 in order to 20 clubs
- Two Premier League sides immediately relegated each season and changed by top two Championship edges
- 16th-placed Leading League club enters play-off along with third, fourth and fifth-placed Tournament clubs
- EFL Cup and Community Shield removed
- Special standing for nine longest-serving Premier Little league clubs (big six, plus Everton, West Ham and Southampton)
- £250m immediate settlement to EFL
- 8. 5 per cent of yearly Premier League revenue to go on working costs
- twenty five per cent of the remaining revenue to the EFL
- Parachute payments scrapped
- £100m immediate payment to FA to cover lost revenue and to create non-league, women’s and grassroots soccer
The majority of top-flight clubs have severe concerns about Project Big Image while the FA, which has the power in order to veto any fundamental changes towards the Premier League thanks to the ‘golden share’, is unlikely to back the particular proposals in their current form.
Wenger insists “you are unable to ignore completely the tradition in the country” and said the roots of the plans will “create the reluctance and a negative approach”.
“Overall the solution has to originate from the federation, from the government, in the Premier League – to find a bargain to sort out the problems that already been around before coronavirus, ” he stated.
Allardyce: Project Big Picture ‘extremely dangerous’
Former Britain manager Sam Allardyce, who performed and managed in all four sections, warned the proposals could end up being “extremely dangerous” and provide even more power to an already powerful big 6.
He urged EFL clubs to resist the appealing prospect of an immediate £250m bailout.
“It’s looking like the particular vote goes to nine of the longest-serving clubs and I think that just 9 of the longest-serving clubs doing the election on the future of football can be hugely dangerous, ” Allardyce told Sky Sports News .
“While this package might look attractive now because we have been in the pandemic, and it may appear pretty good for the EFL, but certainly it’s not going to look good for some of the Premier Little league clubs that are already there — one coping with going from twenty to 18 (clubs) to start with and 2 giving more power to the big 6 in voting rights.
“A number of owners I have proved helpful for have told me they have got those problems over many years if they have gone to the executive conferences at the end of the season that the big 6 really want more money, and more money with regard to themselves sadly.
“I think we have the richest little league in the world already, we have the most aggressive league in the world already, and I think we might end up diluting that and not getting as big of an attraction around the globe because if the big six draw aside even further then there is no competitive advantage against them.
“It is the repetitive ‘who is going to complete in the top six? ‘. It might be even going that way a little bit at this point so we have got to try and keep the advantage and keep the Premier League really, very competitive. ”
While parts of the plan have been supported by Forest Green Rovers proprietor Dale Vince and advisor in order to Preston’s owner Peter Ridsdale, the particular contents of the plan have been widely denounced simply by others in the game .
Allardyce, while refusing to be drawn upon whether it constitutes a cynical trick by the big-hitters, did say any kind of change has to be right for football in general and he has concerns – specifically about the lower divisions.
“I think it is extremely clever time, the timing is extremely good, inch Allardyce added.
“But is this for the future of football, or even does it just help the big 6? That is the question everybody has to inquire themselves.
“Of training course money gives you power and the strength lies in the Premier League simply because they have the most money. They have already determined across the board on football modifications up to now. Is this the right football alter for football as a whole?
“I am a football individual. It runs in my veins; this runs in my blood. I have maintained in all four divisions, including the Leading League, and I have played in every four divisions. I worry significantly about this pandemic by having no authorities support, how many of these league night clubs will survive?
“While at the early stages you look at the £250m bailout, it’s going to be very attractive within the short-term for those football clubs in order to agree to it but you have got to go through the long-term future. ”
Project Big Picture Q& The: A non-starter or football’s upcoming?
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