Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has questioned what the likes of Alex Ferguson and Bill Shankly would have made of the recent ‘Project Big Picture’ power grab led by Manchester United and Liverpool.
The proposals were unanimously rejected this week by all 20 Premier League clubs as football looks to set itself up for a brighter future for all the 92.
It was claimed that, along with Rick Parry, officials at Anfield and Old Trafford were leading calls for the ‘Big Picture’ changes to come in. But Wilder, speaking as openly and honest as ever, didn’t seem too impressed.
“You talk about those two clubs mentioned. The spirit of Shankly from one club. Another club that was managed by the most successful manager in English football in my opinion. I’m sure they were down to earth traditionalist footballing guys,” Wilder said. (Sheffield United YouTube)
“So, a penny for their thoughts. Bill Shankly and Alex Ferguson, a penny for their thoughts on what’s going in football at the moment”.
The Blades boss is well aware of the need to look after clubs further down the pyramid following his spells with the likes of Halifax and Northampton Town.
The Big Picture aimed to give the EFL clubs an instant financial boost but with the caveat of handing power in the game over to the ‘big six’ in the Premier League. Since then, a further proposal put forward by the Premier League has also been rejected by League One and Two clubs.
Honest as ever from Wilder
Do we expect anything less? For anyone who’s followed the news all week Wilder put into words probably how 99% of the footballing world in England felt about the proposals.
Of course, we’re used to it from the gaffer. Open, honest, and pulling no punches, things which he has become renowned in the game for.
He makes a good point, too, RE Shankly and Ferguson. A very interesting take from the manager and one that will no doubt grab headlines.