Manchester United and Liverpool have been forced to abandon their plans to overhaul the Premier League after their proposals were rejected by the other clubs.
In an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the proposals to shake up English football as part of ‘Project Big Picture’ were put to bed.
According to the Telegraph, Man United and Liverpool, who were the main drivers of the project, were backed into a corner by the rest of the league, who said they would never agree to such radical plans.
Instead, the 20 clubs agreed to commission a strategy review that would involve all Premier League members, with a new bailout offer to the EFL.
As part of the proposed plans, nine clubs – the traditional ‘Big Six’ plus the three longest-serving clubs at any moment – would have all voting power, as well as the ability to veto takeovers of rival clubs.
The Premier League would have also been reduced to 18 teams, and the EFL Cup and Community Shield would have been axed.