Rick Parry Interview: EFL chief on covid, financial sustainability and the government's "kick in the teeth" on Project Big Picture

5 August 2021

Rick Parry
Photo: Alamy EFL Chairman Rick Parry.

In an exclusive interview with Off The Pitch, the EFL chairman praises the “resilience and commitment” of the EFL’s 72 owners during Covid.

Parry maintains that many of the challenges facing the EFL would have been resolved by last October’s controversial Project Big Picture. He is also very sceptical that a sponsorship gaming-ban would solve anything.

The EFL chairman also talks about troubleshooting, Covid, founding the Premier League and why the world’s oldest league will always endure.

James Corbett, Senior Correspondent corbett@offthepitch.com

“The big stuff never been far from my mind, that's always been absolutely top of my agenda,” says Rick Parry, reflecting on almost two years as Football League chairman.

The 66-year-old took over an organization facing an existential crisis in September 2019. The organization had been without a chairman since Ian Lenagan had stepped down 12 months earlier, with the interim chair, Debbie Jevans, deputising. It was without a CEO too, after Shaun Harvey had left at the end of the 2018/19 season.

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