The Project Big Picture is a project that would radically modify the English football championship. The information has now come to light, but the first talks between Manchester United and Liverpool date back to 2017. Coronavirus crisis has only accelerated a project that is scheduled to materialize in the 2022/2023 season. According to the British newspaper, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal support the proposal. Like the president of the English Footbal League, Rick Parry.
From 20 to 18 clubs
The main metamorphosis of Project Big Picture is the reduction of English league clubs. Of the 20 teams competing in the Premier League, only 18 would play as of the 2022/2023 season. Thus four teams would be automatically relegated and only two would be promoted to the main competition the previous season. Something similar would happen in the rest of the lower professional categories. Thus the Championship, League One and League Two would go from 24 to 22 teams.
Since its founding in 1992, Premier League clubs have had equal weight in making decisions that affect the direction of English football. However, the new project plans to provide “preferential voting rights” to the nine clubs with the longest years in the championship. Thus Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal Everton, West Ham and Southampton would set the pace and course of football in England.
Manchester United and Liverpool lead a project to reform the Premier League. Another of the most controversial points is the fulmination of the Carabao Cup and the Community Shield. Still to be confirmed is what would happen with the League Cup. A priori it would not disappear, however, the clubs that play in Europe would not participate.
The Project Big Picture would allocate around 250 million pounds to clubs with financial problems derived from the coronavirus health crisis.
Internal conflict within the English league
The Premier League has issued a statement following the criticism that has arisen within the English league. “English football is the most watched in the world and has a vibrant, dynamic and competitive league structure that generates interest around the world. To maintain this position it is important that we all work together. Both the Premier League and the FA support a discussion extensive on the future of the game, including its competition structures, calendar and financing. “