Liverpool, Man Utd defeated as Premier League rejects Big Picture plans

Project Big Picture plans have been rejected by Premier League clubs, who will instead work together on a “strategic plan” to find a new way forward for English football.

Liverpool and Manchester United, along with EFL chairman Rick Parry, had been behind the PBP plans which emerged at the weekend.

Had the proposals been adopted they would have represented the most significant changes in English football in a generation, with a major shift in league voting rights proposed which would have put far greater power in the hands of the top flight’s so-called ‘big six’ clubs.

But they have been knocked back at a clubs meeting held on Wednesday.

A league statement read: “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 Football Association.”

Project Big Picture discussions have been led by Liverpool and Manchester United and became public knowledge on Sunday.

The plans also have the backing of EFL chairman Rick Parry, with the PBP proposals including an immediate £250million bailout for clubs in his competition starved of matchday income by the coronavirus pandemic and a promised 25 per cent share of future Premier League broadcast revenue.

Villa chief opposed to Big Picture plans

Christian Purslow - Liverpool, Man Utd defeated as Premier League rejects Big Picture plans

Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow indicated his opposition to Project Big Picture ahead of Wednesday’s meeting of league shareholders.

Proposals include vast changes to the infrastructure of the game in England, including a reduction to 18 top-flight teams, the end of the EFL Cup, controversial changes to voting rights and a financial settlement for the EFL.

While Purslow, the former Liverpool managing director, is sympathetic to the plight of teams lower down the footballing pyramid, he hopes the Premier League will offer some “concrete” alternatives at Wednesday’s meeting.

“I expect there to be a very honest, transparent, open dialogue amongst the 20 Premier League clubs,” Purslow told BBC Radio 4 Today.

“I also expect there to be concrete proposals brought forward by the Premier League executive on funding for lower levels of football, that’s what I hope to see happen today.

“I don’t think we should give too much credence to this particular plan. I think a much broader, long-term plan for football is what I would expect to come from the Premier League.”

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