Premier League B teams will NOT be allowed to join the EFL with the idea ‘non-negotiable’, insists chairman Rich Parry… a year on from proposal being part of Liverpool and Man United’s controversial Project Big Picture plans

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  • Introducing B teams to the EFL is ‘non-negotiable’, according to Rick Parry
  • The EFL chair wants to remove the edge of the cliff between the top flight and the championship.
  • Premier League clubs to B teams EFL . There is no possibility to allow leaving in

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The introduction of B teams to the EFL is ‘non-negotiable’, according to its chairman Rick Parry.

He wants to bridge the rift between the Premier League and the Championship, and is still pushing for the EFL to receive a 25 percent cut of revenue from selling the Premier League and EFL rights together.


However, he insisted that there was no possibility of the EFL allowing top-flight clubs to drop B teams into their competition as part of any better agreement.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola favors B-team proposal
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The introduction of B teams to the EFL is ‘non-negotiable’, according to its chairman Rick Parry (left). Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola (right) is in favor of the B-team proposal

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said it would be ‘best for English football’ for academy players to go against sides in the Championship or League One every weekend, while club chief executive Ferran Soriano has also said this in the past. Well spoken about the idea. .

Parry told the PA news agency: ‘I don’t see it, and despite my view, it’s absolutely not something our clubs have any enthusiasm for.

‘It’s been tried – (former FA president) Greg Dyke tried. (another former FA president) Greg Clark pitched it at the very beginning of (project) Big Picture and I said “it’s non-negotiable, it’s not happening”.

To be honest, I don’t even see it on the table. I have talked a lot about new ideas, new thinking, preconceived ideas, but I have got a preconceived idea about B teams and it is not within limits.

‘The strength of the EFL is that each of our clubs sits at the center of the community. Our clubs place as much emphasis on community as they do on the first team and what happens on the pitch.

‘It’s not about the sudden parachuting of B teams because you can’t possibly replicate it, it’s just a misunderstanding of what a pyramid is.’

John Henry's Fenway Sports Group discusses an overhaul for English football last year

Both Liverpool and United held secret talks with EFL president Rick Parry.  United co-owner Joel Glazer pictured

Liverpool’s John W Henry (L) and Manchester United’s Joel Glazer (R) were behind Project Big Picture plans last year – which included the idea of ​​leaving the B teams in the EFL

One area where there may be room for maneuvers is the Carabao Cup.

Asked if it was possible to make up for the loss by changing the format of the Cup or eliminating it altogether – if the EFL gets a higher share of broadcast revenue, Parry said: ‘Yes it can. And it gives us the freedom to decide whether…it’s just speculation, but anything can happen. Could it be that clubs from Europe don’t play in it, could it just be an EFL competition? everything is possible.’

The idea of ​​eliminating the competition was discussed in the highly controversial Project Big Picture proposals, details of which were first reported by the Telegraph exactly a year earlier.

Parry stated that the future of the Cup was to be considered in those talks in the context of changes to be made to European club competitions, and this remained the case.

He added: ‘We must now have this debate for real, which is why it was part of the Big Picture, because it’s going to hit us in 2024. There is no point in trying to argue January 2024 is too late.

‘We have to plan now, we have to be realistic, changes are coming.’

EFL Carabao Cup holders could be the venue for the maneuvers - Man City photo

EFL Carabao Cup holders could be the venue for the maneuvers – Man City photo


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