MARK PALIOS: Project Big Picture would kill the lower leagues

MARK PALIOS: Project Big Picture smacks of self-interest and would KILL the lower leagues – it is massively dangerous for the future of the game!

  • Project Big Picture is dangerous and I don’t want to be party to the proposals  
  • If this is voted through, we soon could be looking at a Premier League 2
  • My club Tranmere would not be able to dream of being a Championship club  

Project Big Picture is massively dangerous for the future of the game. It’s selling the future and I don’t want to be party to that.

It’s fine for owners, sitting in another country, to make these plans but they are coming into our game, our culture, without any thought of what people were far-sighted enough to put in place 150 years ago.

If this is voted through, you could be looking in five years’ time at a Premier League 2. What’s to stop the small group of clubs who would suddenly hold all the power? 

I don’t want to be party to Project Big Picture, which is dangerous for the future of the game


Liverpool owner John W Henry (L) and Man United chief Joel Glazer (R) – both American owners – are two of the key figures behind the plans for Project Big Picture 

There could be 16-team leagues in both Premier Leagues, or it could be 18 and 22. Perhaps they would decide to invite the wealthier of the League One clubs, such as Sunderland, to join them.

You can hold a gun to clubs’ heads and give them the cash now, but they need to think about what the pyramid will look like in five, 20, 40 years’ time. 

My club Tranmere Rovers would not be able to dream of being a Championship team or higher

My club Tranmere would not be able to dream of being a Championship club or getting up to the Premier League. So you take away ambition, the lifeblood of our sport.

It has not even been debated by the Premier League’s clubs and it smacks of self-interest. It’s hard to see it passing the first hurdle. The FA also have their golden share veto. 

I hope they see this for the land-grab it is.

Mark Palios was talking to Ian Herbert




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