Media: Championship clubs are talking about EFL breakaway - again

26 June 2019

Debbie Jevans
Photo: Getty Images The 24 Championship clubs are not satisfied with the EFL and chairman Debbie Jevans.

The 24 Championship clubs are not satisfied with the EFL.

The clubs are, according to The Sun, talking about a breakaway - unless the next chief executive is "credible."

Peter Høyer ph@offthepitch.com

Initial hopes that acting EFL boss Debbie Jevans could satisfy the 24 Championship clubs, who have been rumoured to be breaking away from the EFL numerous times, have not materialised. 

Without the Championship there is no EFL

According to The Sun, the 24 clubs are not going to secede just yet, but if they fail to get more control within the existing EFL setup, the threat could be real.
One leading insider told The Sun’s sport desk: 

"Without the Championship there is no EFL.

"Unless the next full-time chief executive is credible, from day one, it is not going to last." 

Criticised TV deal

The clubs won a victory last week when Brentford’s Cliff Crown gave up his place on the EFL board rather than lose the election to Derby’s Stephen Pearce. Crown was blamed for waving through the controversial new £595 million Sky TV deal against the wishes of 21 of the 24 clubs.

The deal has been heavily criticised despite a year-on-year increase of 35 per cent of the current deal. The clubs wanted a more lucrative agreement and also criticised the EFL for blindsiding them on the terms of the deal. Afterwards, they threatened to legally challenge the agreement.

We have to look out for ourselves. That means potentially leaving the EFL

"We’ve got to have someone who wants to reach out for help and listen to us," said the anonymous insider. 

"If not, we have to look out for ourselves. That means potentially leaving the EFL."

According to The Sun, Premier League chiefs are reluctant to encourage any breakaway talk because it is not on their agenda.