Premier League wants Championship to house players on loan under new funding deal | Soccer
Premier League clubs want Championship teams to commit to developing young British talent as part of a restructuring of the finances of the English game.
At a lengthy shareholders’ meeting in central London on Tuesday, plans for ‘a new deal for football’ were discussed, which would bring changes to the controversial parachute payments system and greater redistribution in the pyramid , including infrastructure investment in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 grounds.
In return, Premier League clubs would like better opportunities for their young players to develop. Frustrated by the lack of competitiveness at Under-23 level and Brexit having reduced loan opportunities in Europe for UK players, the lower leagues are an increasingly important venue for player development.
Some managers, however, feel that the more physical demands of lower league football are not best suited to skill development in the Premier League, particularly in players who have not fully developed physically. They think that could change, perhaps if Championship teams were forced to field a number of players under the age of 23 in their first squads.
Such ideas fit with the Football Association’s ambition to further strengthen the development pathways for England international potentials and come as the game tries to find a collective solution to the challenges raised by the review of football governance led by the fans. The government has promised to publish a white paper setting out the conditions for the introduction of an independent regulator in English gambling by the end of the summer. Some within football, however, feel they are in a waiting situation, with the government effectively suspended as the Conservative Party seeks a new leader.
The Premier League is confident that the elements are now in place to meet one of the government’s key demands: increased redistribution from the top flight to the leagues. The overall level of funding is likely to increase, with Championship clubs receiving money depending on their position in the league. It will mean clubs relegated from the Premier League will still avoid the ‘cliff edge’ of a massive drop in TV revenue, but there will be less of a disparity with the rest of the second tier, a key issue for the EFL.
It is unclear whether merit payments will apply to clubs in League 1 and 2, but top-flight clubs are expected to commit to explicit funding agreements to improve club infrastructure in those divisions.
No decision has been taken by the clubs on the voluntary removal of playing sponsors from the front of the shirts. But the Premier League has confirmed the identity of its new chairman, with Alison Brittain taking over the role of interim chairman Peter McCormick early next year. Brittain comes from Whitbread and served on the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council.
“I’ve been a football fan since I was a child so I’m absolutely delighted to be named chairman of the Premier League,” Brittain said.