West Ham ‘in opposition to Huge Image plans’

West Ham 'against Big Picture plans'

West Ham's London Stadium
Followers have been absent from Premier League matches, together with at West Ham’s London Stadium, since March

West Ham are in opposition to radical plans by Liverpool and Manchester United to reform the English soccer pyramid, in accordance with a membership supply.

The Challenge Huge Image proposals have been put collectively by Liverpool proprietor John Henry and United co-chairman Joel Glazer.

Everton, Southampton and West Ham could be granted particular standing within the plans, together with the so-called ‘large six’.

Nonetheless, a Hammers insider has instructed BBC Sport they’re “very a lot in opposition to” it.

It’s understood the membership had been unaware of the proposals, despite the fact that they had been named in them – and had been shocked after they emerged into the general public area on Sunday.

The supply stated they had been of the view Liverpool and United had been the instigators however that they’d been instructed talks have been occurring since January and what has emerged is the seventeenth model of the proposal.

The plans additionally embrace particular standing for Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester Metropolis and Tottenham.


The ‘Challenge Huge Image’ proposals

  • The Premier League reduce from 20 to 18 golf equipment, with the Championship, League One and League Two every retaining 24 groups.
  • The underside two groups within the Premier League relegated robotically with the Sixteenth-placed workforce becoming a member of the Championship play-offs.
  • The League Cup and Group Defend abolished.
  • Parachute funds scrapped.
  • A £250m rescue fund made instantly out there to the EFL & 25% of all future TV offers
  • £100m paid to the FA to make up for misplaced income.
  • 9 golf equipment given ‘particular voting rights’ on sure points, based mostly on their prolonged runs within the Premier League.


The Hammers really feel the apparent negatives – the lack of two dwelling video games – will hit their funds, whereas on the similar time creating area for extra European video games and profitable pre-season friendlies, which might disproportionately profit the ‘large six’.

The plans embrace decreasing the Premier League to 18 golf equipment and scrapping the EFL Cup.

In return, the EFL would get 25% of all future TV offers, which might be negotiated collectively, plus the £250m bail-out many golf equipment have been demanding since Could.

That is the fourth season in a row the place the ‘large six’ have all certified for European soccer. Prior to now 10 seasons, certainly one of them has missed out on solely 4 events.

Over the previous decade, West Ham have had two European campaigns, each of which ended throughout the qualifying rounds. Southampton and Everton have additionally certified for Europe twice in the identical interval.

“The large six are utilizing Covid for an influence seize,” stated the West Ham supply. “If this goes by way of, over time they’ll simply use an increasing number of for themselves.”

It isn’t recognized what is going to occur if the plan – which has drawn criticism from supporters’ teams, the federal government and the Premier League government – is rejected.

The Premier League stated “particular person proposals” within the plan “may have a dangerous affect on the entire sport”, and that it could proceed its personal work on a “decision to the requirement for Covid-19 rescue funding” for the EFL.

Nonetheless, one idea – which EFL chairman Rick Parry refused to dismiss when questioned particularly about it twice on Sunday – is that the six golf equipment have been instructed they might play inside the Soccer League if their Premier League standing was threatened.

One supply with detailed information of working golf equipment at each Premier League and EFL stage says the plan has advantage however the worry of how the ‘large six’ would possibly rewrite the rule e-book – probably together with halting relegation or blocking new house owners whose funding could threaten their very own standing – was prone to be thought to be too large a worth for a lot of to just accept.

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