"Rick Parry needs to resign if he thinks this is for the good of the game" - Sheffield United fans' verdict on Manchester United and Liverpool-led Project Big Picture

Sheffield United supporters have criticised highly divisive plans led by Manchester United and Liverpool which would radically alter the financial landscape of football.

Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 3:54 pm

Project Big Picture (PBP) has been devised by the two North West giants and endorsed by EFL chairman Rick Parry, the former chief executive of Liverpool and the Premier League.

It advocates fundamental reform of the game and would effectively see the so-called ‘big six’ control the running of the top flight in return for redistributing greater funding down the football pyramid.

PBP would also involve:

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- Football League clubs taking 25 per cent of future Premier League deals;

- an end to parachute payments;

- the scrapping of the League Cup and Community Shield;

- reducing the number of Premier League clubs from 20 to 18;

Sheffield United fans have questioned the motives of Manchester United and Liverpool who are behind the Project Big Picture proposals. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

- The play-off structure being amended, with three Championship clubs – those in third, fourth and fifth place – joined by the 16th-placed Premier League club;

- The votes of only six of the nine longest-serving Premier League clubs needed to make major changes – effectively one club, one vote would be scrapped

PBP has divided many in the game, with its critics dubbing it a ‘power grab’ which would only benefit the interests of the ‘big six’ – while some EFL owners and chairmen have welcomed the proposals, saying they will help to inject much-needed cash into financially-stricken lower league clubs.

However, Blades fans on social media are far from convinced by the plans.

On Twitter, a 24-hour poll of Unitedites attracted 635 votes of which just three per cent of respondents were for PBP; nine per cent weren’t sure either way and a staggering 88 per cent of fans were ‘dead against it’.

On Facebook, fans were equally sceptical.

David Helliwell wrote on our Facebook page: “Rick Parry needs to resign if he thinks this is for the good of the game. Once again the so-called big six trying to change the rules because it’s levelling out with clubs challenging them for European places. Leicester, Wolves and others who are closing the gap. They fear being overtaken by the so-called lesser clubs on smaller budgets and they don’t like it.”

And John Marshall posted: “Look what happened when West Ham cheated with the Tevez affair, should have been relegated but instead they fined them. If any of them finished in the relegation zone they would change the rules because they have have the vote.”

Meanwhile, Karen Robinson said: “Why don’t the top six just leave and form a European league? It seems like they are more interested in Europe than domestic cups.”

And finally, Lee Stevens wrote: “Can we go back to the Championship then, with no promotion? Hate every thing about the Prem, the way they can spend what they want and VAR works in favour of big clubs.”

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