‘They’ve underestimated what football means for normal people’: Joe Cole admits he was angered by Project Big Picture as he hits out at Liverpool and Manchester United for ‘opportunistic power grab’
The contentious Project Big Picture plans were unanimously rejected this monthThe proposals were seen as a power grab from Manchester United and Liverpool Joe Cole has shared his disgust at how the average fan was treated by the clubs But despite the rejection, the elite clubs are still committed to a future overhaul
The groundbreaking proposals, which would have radically reshaped the face of English football, were rejected by by the Premier League and the FA – although the league’s biggest clubs are still committed to a future overhaul.
And Cole, who believes the plans were simply elite teams attempting to assert more influence over the pyramid, insisted that the meaning of the sport to the average supporter has been woefully ‘underestimated’.
Joe Cole shared his disgust with the controversial Project Big Picture plans rejected this month
Manchester United and Liverpool had led the effort to reshape the face of English football
He told BT Sport: ‘My initial reaction was anger. You have to separate Liverpool and Manchester United, who they are. what they are to the fans, to the business behind them.
‘Because the business behind them does what big businesses do, conserve their profit and make sure shareholders happy. They’ve seen an opportunity, football is in a bad place like the rest of society because of situation we’re going through.