England's lower league clubs reject Premier League aid

  • England's lower league clubs reject Premier League aid

England's lower league clubs reject Premier League aid

It is the latest development of a fractious week in which controversial plans to restructure English football - led by Liverpool and Manchester United - emerged on Sunday, only to be condemned by the Premier League itself and then quickly rejected at meeting of all 20 top flight clubs on Wednesday.

"And while EFL clubs are appreciative that a formal proposal has now been put forward, the conditional offer of 50 million pounds falls some way short of this".

In return, the two American-owned architects of the deal, along with a handful of other clubs, would effectively have been given the power to override the current requirement for a 14-club majority on key Premier League decisions, including how future TV rights revenue would be distributed, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.

The Premier League is understood to be prepared to engage with any club, including those in the Championship, who believe they are under immediate threat.

Despite the EFL's collective rejection of the £50m Premier League offer, Forest Green chairman Dale Vince said there was a possibility that one or more clubs would be in such dire straits that they could break ranks and go direct to the Premier League for help.

The general public face of "Project Big Picture" is the chairman of EFL Ricky Parry, backed by Liverpool and Manchester United, which was rejected by Premier League clubs on Wednesday.

The group's calls come after Premier League clubs rejected plans for radical changes to the league's structures and finances amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Parry's plan proposed a £250 million "rescue package" for the EFL but was tied to a series of reforms which would have increased the power and revenue share of the top clubs in the Premier League.

Despite having vehemently rejected the suggestion that foreign owners wanted to scrap relegation back in 2011, in a recent interview with SportsPro Liverpool owner John W Henry said: "It's much more hard to ask independent clubs to subsidise their competitors beyond a certain point when you have relegation and especially with the way media is rapidly changing and being consumed today". "What I have seen set out is that the Premier League would stay in control of the dispersal of the money, alongside the EFL and it was very much going to be a means-tested thing as I understand it".

The EFL stressed the need for unity across the three divisions it runs below the Premier League. "Football may come kicking and screaming into this, it may well have to be forced on football".