Since the details of Project Big Picture were leaked to the press this week (The Telegraph), there has been plenty of outrage at what is perceived as an attempt by the big clubs to take advantage of financial desperation.
The ideas proposed entail a radical restructuring of English football, including making the Premier League an 18-team competition and giving veto power to the nine longest serving clubs in the top-flight (the big six, Everton West Ham, and Southampton).
While Liverpool and Manchester United’s ownership are reportedly the main proponents of the deal, there is little indication as to what the other members of the so-called big six think about the move.
The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare has now revealed that, while Spurs have not taken a public position on the matter, they would stand to benefit more than almost any other club if the proposed changes were to come into effect.
He reveals that the Lilywhites would be eligible to claim back around £125 million for the build of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium if the rules were to come into effect.
The journalist also revealed that there have been Zoom calls between the six clubs to discuss the proposals and they are even part of a WhatsApp group chat on the matter.
He suggests that the North Londoners are expected to come down in support of Project Big Picture when the topic is raised at this week’s Premier League meeting, despite concerns expressed on the matter by the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust.
Spurs Web Opinion
While there are some good proposals in Project Big Picture, it is also so obviously an attempt by the bigger clubs to reshape English football and preserve their place at the top. All clubs always vote based on their self-interest and so I would expect Tottenham to be in favour of it. Thankfully, these changes have no chance of being approved under the current voting system as the other 11 clubs in the Premier League do no benefit from this in any manner whatsoever.
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