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Arsene Wenger warned that a £ 250 million bailout will not save EFL clubs, saying football's problems "go much deeper" than the quick fix outlined in Project Big Picture.

The Big Picture project, created by Liverpool's owners and backed by Manchester United, has received an explosive response across football since its plans to revamp the English game on Sunday became known.

EFL chairman Rick Parry has backed the proposals, which include lower-tier teams receiving a £ 250m package and 25 percent of the Premier League-negotiated television deals.

However, former Arsenal coach Wenger, FIFA's global football development chief, has questioned Parry's proposal to provide "long-term sustainability" to clubs under his jurisdiction.

"If nothing happens, the smaller clubs will die. I don't think paying will solve the problem. The problem is much deeper than that," Wenger said, speaking with Geoff Shreeves at a special event for Sky VIP customers Monday.

"The money has to be shared in any case, the income of the top clubs has to be shared a fraction more with the smaller clubs."

Headlines from the Big Picture project

  • Premier League reduced from 18 to 20 clubs
  • Two Premier League teams automatically relegated each season and were replaced by the top two championship teams
  • The 16th place in the Premier League goes into the playoffs with the third, fourth and fifth placed championship clubs
  • EFL Cup and Community Shield abolished
  • Special status for nine longest-serving Premier League clubs (six major plus Everton, West Ham and Southampton)
  • £ 250m in immediate compensation to EFL
  • Operating costs account for 8.5 percent of annual Premier League sales
  • 25 percent of the remaining income goes to the EFL
  • Parachute payments scrapped
  • Immediate payment of £ 100m to FA to cover lost revenue and develop football outside of the league, women and grassroots

The proposed changes would put the majority of power in the hands of the largest clubs and end the current one-club-one-vote system of the Premier League.

This shift in power is rejected by the FA, which, thanks to the "golden share" it received when the league was founded in 1992, can veto fundamental changes to the Premier League.

When asked if he supported the proposals, including abolishing the EFL Cup and reducing the number of Premier League teams, Wenger added, "I think the tradition in the country cannot be completely ignored.

"Because the project is from outside owners, it will create a reluctance and a negative approach.

"Overall, the solution has to come from the association, from the government, from the Premier League – to find a compromise to solve the problems that existed before the coronavirus."


EFL chairman Rick Parry has drawn on suggestions that could damage the Big Picture project for English football and believes the plan will help protect the future of clubs across the football pyramid

Allardyce: Big Picture project & # 39; extremely dangerous & # 39;

Sam Allardyce has warned that the proposals outlined in Project Big Picture are proving "extremely dangerous" and could give even more authority to an already powerful Big Six.

The former English coach, who played and directed all four divisions, also urged clubs to consider the longer-term implications of adopting the proposed changes.

However, Allardyce conceded that the prospect of an immediate £ 250m bailout will be attractive to EFL clubs given the dangerous financial condition of some clubs, particularly with no immediate likelihood of fans returning to the stadiums before 2021.

"It looks like the voting is going to nine of the longest-serving clubs and I think only nine of the longest-serving clubs voting on the future of football can be extremely dangerous," said Allardyce.

"While this package may look attractive now because we're in the pandemic, and it might look pretty good for the EFL, it certainly won't look good for some of the Premier League clubs that are already there – one that does finished. " Initially 20 to 18 (clubs) and two give the big six more voting rights.

"A number of owners I've worked for have told me that they struggled for many years when they went to the board meetings at the end of the season, that the big six really have more money and unfortunately more money for themselves want.

The British government has asked the top English group to provide emergency financial aid to the lower leagues


Kevin Miles, executive director of the Football Supporters' Association, says the government must put in place a fan-led review to end the Big Picture project

"I think we already have the richest league in the world, we already have the most competitive league in the world, and I think we may water that down and not be as attractive to the whole world because if the big six draw." Even further away there is no competitive advantage against them.

"It's the repetitive" Who will finish in the top 6? "Maybe things are going a little like that now, so we have to try to keep the lead and keep the Premier League very, very competitive."

While parts of the plan were endorsed by Dale Vince, the owner of Forest Green Rovers, and the advisor to Preston's owner Peter Ridsdale, the contents of the plan have largely been denounced by others in the game.


Forest Green chairman Dale Vince believes Project Big Picture will "create a level playing field" and address systemic issues in the game

While refusing to be convinced whether it was a cynical ploy by the big hitters, Allardyce said any change must be right for football as a whole and he has concerns – especially around the lower divisions.

"I think it's extremely clever timing, the timing is extremely good," added Allardyce.

"But is that for the future of football or is it just helping the big six? That is the question everyone has to ask themselves.

"Of course money gives you power, and power is in the Premier League because they have the most money. You have already dictated football change across the board. Is this the right football change for all football?"

"I'm a footballer. It runs in my veins; it runs in my blood. I've made it in all four divisions, including the Premier League, and I've played in all four divisions. I'm very concerned about this pandemic, because I do not have any." government support, how many of these league clubs will survive?

"While you are looking at the £ 250m bailout in the initial stages, it will be very attractive in the short term if these football clubs agree, but you have to look to the long term future."


Steven Gregory