MORNING FOOTBALL FANS
Yesterday, Premier League chiefs declared Project Big Picture “dead” after the club meeting.
The two-hour summit ended with the Prem clubs agreeing to make a £50m bailout offer to keep League One and Two clubs alive.
But there will be NO money available for Championship clubs.
And despite the determination of Liverpool and Manchester United to keep their grand proposals alive, League bosses have agreed to make a formal denunciation which ALL clubs have agreed to sign up to.
A Prem statement read: “All 20 Premier League clubs today unanimously agreed that Project Big Picture will not be endorsed or pursued by the Premier League, or The FA.
“Further, Premier League Shareholders agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football, consulting with all stakeholders to ensure a vibrant, competitive and sustainable football pyramid.
“Clubs will work collaboratively, in an open and transparent process, focusing on competition structure, calendar, governance and financial sustainability.
“This project has the full support of The FA and will include engagement with all relevant stakeholders including fans, Government and, of course, the EFL.
“Also at today’s meeting it was agreed to make available a rescue package which aims to ensure that League One and League Two clubs will not go out of business as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 and be able to complete the 2020/21 season.”
On the pitch England lost 1-0 to Denmark in the Nations League at Wembley.
Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Chelsea’s Reece James were both sent off on a grim night for Gareth Southgate.
And after the game Three Lions fans were calling for Southgate to be sacked and replaced by ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Finally, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden ordered football’s warring factions to come together and save the EFL.
In a clear statement of intent, Dowden told MPs the Government is prepared to intervene and force wholesale change on the game if it cannot sort out its most pressing issues.
Dowden agreed that Gareth Bale’s Tottenham weekly salary was “perverse” when the sum could have kept Macclesfield alive.
He attacked the weekend launch of pay-per-view Prem games and called on BT to make this weekend’s Merseyside derby free to air rather than being screened behind a paywall.
But he revealed he had been “promised” that action would be taken to ensure “no EFL club goes bust” as a result of the Covid crisis.
And Dowden admitted there were “inconsistencies” in the Government policy that has allowed some indoor venues to open to the public while fans are locked out of football stadiums.