The Premier League could be reduced to 18 teams in a radical shake-up reportedly being driven by Manchester United and Liverpool.
Both clubs are said to be the driving force behind what The Telegraph report is called ‘Project Big Picture’ – a proposal to revitalise English football.
The plans will reshape the finances of the game and would see the Premier League hand out a £250m rescue package to the EFL to help see them through the coronavirus crisis.
Alongside this, the League Cup and Community Shield would both be scrapped, with the controlling power of the Premier League handed to the division’s biggest clubs.
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There is a chance that the League Cup could survive the shake-up, provided that clubs in Europe would no longer take part.
Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have written the working document for the plans and have support from their Old Trafford rivals, with both clubs expecting the rest of the big six to back the proposals.
Twenty-five per cent of the Premier League’s annual revenue would go to EFL clubs in the proposals, alongside the proposed rescue package.
The FA would also be gifted £100m to see them through the coronavirus.
Yet the one-club, one-vote principle, which sees every Premier League side get an equal say in proceedings, would be scrapped alongside the minimum threshold of 14 votes to pass regulation changes.
The nine clubs who have been in the Premier League the longest would then dictate how the competition is run.
These nine clubs are currently the big six alongside Everton, Southampton and West Ham.
Just six of them would be required to vote in favour in order to make changes to Premier League regulation
The Premier League would also shrink to 18 teams, with two being…