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  • ursus arctos
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    On Parry, consider this from the Athletic, with whom he clearly has been talking

    Can Rick Parry dust himself down from this?

    The majority of the 72 EFL clubs, those he must ultimately answer to, continue to support Parry. Nigel Travis, Leyton Orient chairman, said on Tuesday that Parry “is a man who is helping to sustain British football” and it is a sentiment shared by plenty of executives and owners across the three divisions. Middlesbrough’s Steve Gibson has been another influential figure to back Parry since the weekend and there is a groundswell of opinion that the EFL is working in the best interests of clubs.

    There is even a school of thought that Parry has been empowered by events of the past 72 hours. A seat has been allocated for the EFL in strategic discussions and Parry can lobby directly to the Premier League.

    Contrary to that, though, is the belief Parry has weakened his position over the past four days. He circled the wagons on Sunday with written and broadcast interviews and then there was another round of media activity on Tuesday to demonstrate support for Project Big Picture but that vocal social media campaign gained little traction. One Premier League executive believes Parry’s “tactics” have backfired.

    Masters, though, has insisted there will be no grudges held. “Clearly there’s some frustration a proposal that hadn’t had any input from the Premier League, from our clubs, has been pushed so hard in public,” he said. “But we don’t have a beef with the EFL, certainly not with its clubs. We want to have a good relationship with them. We’re their biggest partner. We have a historic relationship with them. So we want it to be constructive.”

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  • E10 Rifle
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    Wouldn't you know? Fans have no allies but each other. No one else can be trusted.
    https://twitter.com/SamWallaceTel/status/1316706756479848449

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  • TonTon
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    Yeah, that's right. Compared to the 250m, including the Championship, all in loans, which he was supporting

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    According to Conn's article, the 50 million is actually a 20 million grant with the rest in loans.

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  • Tony C
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    Conn today going down the " you had your chance, we tried to be nice, now we'll get nasty" route.

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  • elguapo4
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    That's what I was thinking, surely his position is now untenable.

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    Does all this make it impossible for Rick Parry to continue in his role?

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  • Sean of the Shed
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    That's if it is shared evenly, it's likely that clubs like Sunderland and Portsmouth might make a grab for a larger proportion.
    1 million would cover lost gate receipts for most of League 2, but ot falls short of what many League 1 clubs make, and that's before you take into account other income sources.

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  • TonTon
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    50.million is more than 1 each, shared evenly. That's plenty.

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  • The Awesome Berbaslug!!!
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    Originally posted by The Awesome Berbaslug!!! View Post
    I would expect the premier league clubs who aren't part of this special group to tell them to fuck off
    well it didn't take long. Lets see how long the unpleasantness towards the lower tier clubs stays in the proposal.

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  • Sean of the Shed
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    Originally posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
    50 million is rather low.
    Agreed, though you have to wonder whether even less would have trickled down to the bottom two divisions out of the ?250m proposed from Project Pig Picture.

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    50 million is rather low.

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  • TonTon
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    Shareholders agree to work together on a plan for future structures and financing of English football

    All 20 Premier League clubs today unanimously agreed that "Project Big Picture" will not be endorsed or pursued by the Premier League, or The FA.

    Further, Premier League Shareholders agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football, consulting with all stakeholders to ensure a vibrant, competitive and sustainable football pyramid.

    Open and transparent process

    Clubs will work collaboratively, in an open and transparent process, focusing on competition structure, calendar, governance and financial sustainability.

    This project has the full support of The FA and will include engagement with all relevant stakeholders including fans, Government and, of course, the EFL.

    Rescue package for Leagues One and Two

    Also at today's meeting it was agreed to make available a rescue package which aims to ensure that League One and League Two clubs will not go out of business as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 and be able to complete the 2020/21 season.

    League One and League Two clubs rely more heavily on matchday revenue and have fewer resources at their disposal than Championship or Premier League clubs and are therefore more at risk, especially at a time when fans are excluded from attending matches.

    This offer will consist of grants and interest-free loans totalling a further ?50million on top of the ?27.2million solidarity payments already advanced to League One and League Two this year, making a total of ?77.2million.

    Talks on Championship finances

    Discussions will also continue with the EFL regarding Championship clubs’ financial needs. This addresses Government concerns about lower-league clubs' financial fragility.

    Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them. The Premier League and all our clubs remain committed to the safe return of fans as soon as possible.

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  • The Awesome Berbaslug!!!
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    Originally posted by Tratorello View Post
    If the Premier League clubs want to reduce it to 18 and the league overall to 90 teams how about the bottom two of this years EPL get relegated directly to the National League?
    only if all 72 clubs make it to the end of the season.

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  • TonTon
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    I've written to the sports desk and the readers' editor or whatever it's called on that tweet, the remaining claim of "agreement" in the story, the framing of the story on the sport front page, the general tone of guardian coverage, and the fact that they've had to have five goes at this story, each time weakening the claims because they just weren't true. Now they aren't even claiming unanimity among championship clubs.

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  • Nocturnal Submission
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    Nice photo of a couple of minicab drivers having a chinwag there.

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  • TonTon
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    Originally posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
    Yes, the phrase "as a bloc" is still in there and is blatantly false.
    Indeed - the tweet is deliberately misleading. The story, after four corrections, was less untrue than it had been but still not accurate.

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  • TonTon
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    Interesting how so many newspapers just publish others' PR puffs and don't do any actual journalism at all.

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  • ursus arctos
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    https://twitter.com/timessport/status/1316373232505819137

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  • Tratorello
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    If the Premier League clubs want to reduce it to 18 and the league overall to 90 teams how about the bottom two of this years EPL get relegated directly to the National League?

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    Yes, the phrase "as a bloc" is still in there and is blatantly false.

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  • RobW
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    Which lies were those? Cos they (or rather Guardian news) tweeted the story again this morning https://twitter.com/guardiannews/status/1316271022346301441

    Really pleased with Clive Nates' response as a City fan. I'm sure under some of our previous Chairmen, the club would be backing this wholeheartedly. I suppose we are better off financially now then we were 10-15 years ago, but it's nice having a down to earth Chairman who occasionally mixes with the Lincoln fans when we've been away from home.

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  • TonTon
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    They seem finally to have removed the blatant lies.

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  • TonTon
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    I've pointed it out to the two writers and to guardian sport on twitter, and emailed the guardian sport desk. Dunno what else I can do. It's a lie though.

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  • TonTon
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    It's not all been quite as terrible. But this, and David Conn, I dunno.

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