Project Big Picture slammed as a 'sugar coated cyanide pill'

Project Big Picture slammed as a ‘sugar coated cyanide pill’ by the Football Supporters’ Association as they raise huge concerns over shake-up proposals led by Liverpool and Manchester United

  • Project Big Picture has been met by huge opposition throughout English football 
  • The drastic proposals are being led by Liverpool and Manchester United
  • EFL chief Rick Parry is also a driving force behind the previously secret project
  • FSA have launched a scathing attack on the controversial Project Big Picture 

The controversial ‘Project Big Picture’ has come under even more scrutiny after the Football Supporters’ Association labelled the proposals as a ‘sugar coated cyanide pill’.

Manchester United and Liverpool, as well as EFL chairman Rick Parry, have been the driving forces behind the plans for a huge shake-up within football but the drastic proposals have been met by fierce criticism throughout the sport.

And the FSA have now raised their concerns – claiming the long-term issues far outweigh the short-term financial benefits for clubs following the coronavirus crisis.

Liverpool and Manchester United have been the driving forces behind Project Big Picture

‘While Project Big Picture dangles an alleged 250 million pounds “rescue fund” in front of clubs to cover lost revenues during the 2019-20 season they might actually be a sugar coated cyanide pill,’ the FSA said in a statement when talking about the EFL bail-out – a major component of the previously secret project.

‘Apparently “money will be advanced to the EFL from increased future revenues”. Is there a guarantee that the money will even materialise? The entire package is based on projected revenues which are, in turn, based on the current media deal.

‘Under the proposals top-flight clubs retain eight games per season which they can sell directly via their own platforms, rather than broadcasting in the traditional manner. Would broadcasters pay more money for fewer games?’

Other proposals for Project Big Picture include an 18-team Premier League, the League Cup and Community Shield to be axed, 25 per cent of Premier League’s annual income to go to the EFL, and parachute payments stopped.

EFL chairman Rick Parry also finds himself at the centre of the Project Big Picture storm

The proposal also outlines how the ‘Big Six’ in the Premier League would acquire more power in decision-making, leaving the FSA hugely concerned that billionaire owners will be allowed to dictate how football is run going forward.

‘As six clubs can set the rules, who could stop them ending relegation from the Premier League and creating a franchise system like they have in US sports? No one,’ the FSA added.

‘Who could stop them from rewriting the rules in a few years so that the top six keep all the media money? No one. Who could stop them cutting funding entirely to the EFL or grassroots football? No one.’

Currently, at least 14 of the 20 Premier League clubs need to vote in favour of any major proposals in order for them to be reintroduced.

But as Sportsmail revealed on Monday, at least eight clubs are against Project Big Picture, underlining the major task facing Liverpool, United and EFL chief Parry.

As reported on Monday, Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Sheffield United and West Brom would not back plans to reduce the size of the division to 18, one of the key proposals, under any circumstances. Sportsmail also understands West Ham and Leeds are also against the plans in their current form.

Premier League clubs are due to hold a shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday when the issue will be discussed among the 20 as a whole for the first time 




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