Christian Purslow and Premier League both have revealed their reservations over the Project Big Picture. Purslow shared his views in an interview on BBC 4 radio while Premier League released a statement.
A plan was shared with the public over the weekend which includes cutting the total teams in Premier League to 18, handing more power to top-six clubs with other long-serving clubs, and an immediate £250million bail out to EFL.
So far EFL chairman Rick Parry has backed the proposal after meeting with Manchester United and Liverpool representatives, several other EFL clubs are in favor of this too.
But the majority of Premier League clubs believe that it is an attempt to obtain power by the top-six clubs.
Earlier today Premier League has released a statement that reads as “Premier League shareholders today unanimously agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football.”
“Premier League clubs also agreed that Project Big Picture will not be endorsed by the Premier League, any of its clubs or The FA.”
Christian Purslow also shared his views on BBC radio, he said, “I think it’s highly unlikely that the plan as described in public through the document that’s been published is going to get much traction within the Premier League itself.”
“It’s come at a time of crisis, when serious conversations are well underway between the Premier League – the most successful league in the world – and the government about how we address both the short term financial crisis in football and yes, some of the longer term structural issues that also need addressing.”
“While I think there are elements of what we’ve read in this plan that make great sense and there is a need for football to look over the long term at the structures and economic and sporting relationships between the top leagues, in the short term the priority is funding and clubs in danger of going out of business.”
“I think it’s amazing that the head of the EFL – which is already receiving nearly £400m a year – would choose to go live with a plan without discussing it directly with the Premier League.”
He also criticized the EFL chairman on his meeting with only two representatives by saying, “While I applaud that the Championship and Leagues One and Two want to engage with the Premier League, the way to do that is to talk to the chairman and chief executive through the front door, not to head over to Florida or Boston and discuss it with only two Premier League teams.”