EFL says clubs 'strongly support' Project Big Picture

14 Oct 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

The EFL says its clubs have voiced their support for the controversial ‘Project Big Picture’ proposals, which would reshape English football.

Clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two met by division to discuss the proposals, while EFL Chair Rick Parry provided an overview of discussions of the proposals to date.

According to the league, the proposals ‘received strong support’, while an ‘overwhelming majority’ of clubs have expressed willingness to discuss the proposals further.

In a statement, the EFL said that the proposals ‘look to address the long-term economic imbalance across the football pyramid while also addressing the short-term financial need created as a result of COVID-19.’

The organisation has also said that there are ‘no specific timescales for what happens next’, but that there is a need for progress ‘as quickly as practically possible.’

The plans, however, were not met with universal approval among Premier League clubs. 

An ‘unnamed Premier League owner’ told Sky Sports that their club was ‘100% against the plans’ and that they would be ‘surprised if more than six [Premier League clubs] supported it.’

Premier League shareholders are due to meet today to discuss the proposals, while the UK Government's Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden criticised the proposals and sought to reassure clubs, saying 'no EFL club will go bust.'