West Ham could be handed incredible power under new proposals titled ‘Project Big Picture’, according to a world exclusive story in The Daily Telegraph.
They claim that the report has been co-authored by Manchester United and Liverpool, as they look to shake up the Premier League.
Proposals included involve reducing the league from 20 teams to 18, introducing a play-off that would see the 16th-placed team enter into a tournament with the third, fourth, and fifth-placed teams in the Championship, and a redistribution of television money. The League Cup would also be scrapped, along with the traditional season curtain-raiser of the Community Shield.
The Hammers come into it as one of the longest-serving teams in the division. The traditional big six of United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Spurs would be joined by the Hammers, Southampton, and Everton in wielding unprecedented power.
They would be given “long-term shareholder status”, meaning just six of those clubs would need to agree in order to make sweeping changes to the division and potentially even veto new ownership at top-flight clubs.
The proposals began to form in 2017 but the talks are said to have intensified throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.