Liverpool and Manchester United would have come up with “Project Big Picture”. Top clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham would not dismiss it in advance.
Specifically, the Premier League would be reduced to 18 clubs instead of 20. The League Cup and Community Shield will disappear from the busy English calendar.
As compensation, the Premier League would funnel 275 million euros into the English Football League, the collection of clubs under the Premier League, to mitigate the consequences of the corona crisis. Rick Parry, chairman of the EFL, is already in favor.
The question is whether the other clubs will also yield to the proposal. The plan also includes the condition that the 6 major clubs and Everton, West Ham and Southampton receive a special status. If 6 of those 9 clubs approve a proposal, it is enough to implement it.
The proposal from Liverpool and Manchester United leaked into the English Tabloids and did not arrive well at some clubs. The Premier League denounces “the lack of cooperation”.
Minister of Sports Oliver Dowden is also skeptical about the proposal. “I fear it is a power grab by the big clubs,” he said. “We have to stop this backroom policy.”
The Football Supporters Association (FSA) is also opposed to the plan. “Fans will wonder why the Premier League is not getting its act together,” said Dowden.