Change is coming to our national game as English football braces itself for what could be the biggest revolution in three decades.
Not since the inception of the Premier League in 1992 have such huge seismic proposals been put forward – sending genuine shockwaves crashing through the sport.
It will come as no surprise that English giants Liverpool and Manchester United are the two driving forces behind the plan known as “Project Big Picture”.
Bitter rivals throughout football’s history, these two have now come together in a bid to oversee huge reform throughout the game.
The document sets out remarkable proposals to overhaul the sport in the wake of the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
Ed Woodward is among those backing Project Big Picture
It also appears to be a blatant attempt from those with all the money and power to take a vice like grip on the richest football league in the world.
The standout proposals include:
The Premier League could be cut to 18 teams, the League Cup could either be scrapped or not include those involved in Europe. The Community Shield would also be scrapped.
Top flight clubs would hand over a £250m bailout package to the EFL to save clubs from financial ruin following Covid-19.
The nine clubs who have been in the Premier League the longest – which includes the big six of United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham – would run every aspect of the league and be free to play more games in the expanded Champions League that could come into play from the 2024-2025 season onwards.
The shape of Premier League football is set to be changed forever in new plans
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These nine would be given “long-term shareholder status” – with the votes of just six of them required to make sweeping changes. These clubs would even be able to veto a new owner taking over a rival club.