The project of the big clubs in the Premier League, which has gained popularity as Project Big Picture, is about to be closed in its initial phase. On Sunday, the Daily Telegraph revealed details of a plan launched mainly by Liverpool and Manchester United, which envisions several major changes, including reducing the number of teams from 20 to 18, dropping out of the League Cup tournament, and the Community Shield match.
Special status for the Big Six clubs plus Everton, West Ham, and Southampton, change of majority, which makes important decisions in the league, etc.
The project received the approval of the chairman of the English Football League Rick Perry but provoked a sharp reaction from the leadership of the Premier League.
Even the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson joined the discussion, who also spoke out against the idea through his spokesman.
The Football Association of England has made it clear that if a vote is taken for the Project Big Picture, it will use its “golden share”, which can block any decision taken by other shareholders in the Premier League.
According to the Daily Mail, the initiators Liverpool and Manchester United will try to preserve the chances
They will be attended by representatives of the 20 elite clubs. It should take place later this week.
The publication adds that yesterday the owners of Liverpool and Manchester United, John Henry and Joel Glaser had a conversation in which to clarify their further actions and how to move the project forward despite the opposition against it.
Both strongly support the view that the calendar should be relaxed in order for the big clubs to be competitive in the future expanded format of the Champions League.
So far, eight clubs have said they will not support the project, according to the Daily Mail. These are West Ham, Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion, and Leeds. The other 10, without Liverpool and United, have refused to disclose their position, although it is currently claimed that Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham are “for”.