EFL bosses ‘fear Championship breakaway with second-tier clubs angry at failure to secure bailout as chiefs hold secret talks with more than TEN clubs seeking bigger TV package’
- Championship sides are reportedly ready to form a breakaway division
- Chief executives at second-tier clubs are said to have met to voice frustrations
- Teams are unhappy with the EFL and Premier League’s failure to secure a bailout
- Some clubs are believed to be seeking a breakaway to secure a better TV deal
EFL chiefs’ fears of a Championship breakaway are growing after angry club bosses met over their failure to secure a bailout for struggling sides, reports claim.
Leading figures in English football’s second tier held talks Tuesday to vent their fury at both the Premier League and EFL over a deal to help the pyramid survive amid the ongoing financial crisis posed by COVID-19, according to the Telegraph.
And some clubs are keen to ‘get their ducks in a row’ to make sure the EFL were aware of their frustrations at Thursday’s meeting, the report says after the financial chaos caused by the pandemic.
Championship clubs are angry over the EFL’s failure to secure a bailout and could step up their threats to secure a breakaway competition
Clubs in the Football League have been left crippled by the virus after football was suspended in March, with a lack of matchday revenue from supporters hurting some particularly hard.
Now fears that Championship sides could come together to form a breakaway division have intensified, with the report stating more than ten clubs have expressed a desire for a more lucrative TV deal – with the current package only standing at £120million.
It pales in comparison to the Premier League’s eye-watering £1.4billion offered to top flight sides.
EFL chiefs are hoping to keep a united front when they meet club at a meeting on Thursday
Cardiff are among the sides unhappy with current rescue package talks, it adds, with chairman Mehmet Dalman saying ‘around half of clubs in the Championship may now be for sale’ as there is ‘no end in sight for the financial disaster caused by Covid’.
Derby and Stoke are two clubs who have threatened a breakaway in the past, it claims, and Rams chief Stephen Pearce is being tipped as a ‘potential key figure’ at Thursday’s meeting to ensure there remains a united front in the second tier.
It is believed the EFL are seeking around £250m for their struggling clubs.
The Premier League are reluctant to include Championship sides in their rescue package
Last week Sportsmail revealed that talks between the Premier League and EFL focused primarily on the top-flight providing a bailout for clubs in League One and League Two amid a growing resistance to helping out the Championship.
The Premier League’s tough stance on the Championship is due to their reluctance to support the top flight’s curtailment proposals, introduce salary caps and back their demands for unregulated access to foreign players after Brexit.
The top flight is willing to offer a series of short term loans to the bottom two divisions, totalling £60m. Bailing out League One and League Two to preserve the status quo in the EFL would also make plans for a Championship breakaway much harder to pull off.
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