Rick Parry profile: Breakaway league threat comes with a warning from history

14 October 2020

Rick Parry
Photo: PA Images Rick Parry, Chairman of the English Football League, in directors box with Stoke City joint Chairman Peter Coates (right) in the stands during the Sky Bet Championship match at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke.

Parry led engineered breakaway in 1991 based on democracy among the Premier League shareholders; now he wants to seeks that with new plan.

Blocked at Wednesday’s EPL shareholders meeting Project Big Picture retains widespread support in EFL.

Political impasse raises possibility of a new breakaway league.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

“The will of the clubs and what they want to do is paramount,” said Rick Parry. “Whatever the legal outcome, they don’t want to stay with the league.”

The football executive was plotting the wholesale reform of English football: an 18 club top-flight, a more equitable share of the game’s revenues, a breakaway from the old regime, which constrained the interests of the biggest clubs.

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