Ian Holloway hits out at selfish Man Utd and Liverpool over Project Big Picture

Ian Holloway has urged the Government to block "Project Big Picture" and accused the biggest clubs in England of ruining the game.

Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are driving plans to reshape the sport that would see the top flight reduced to 18 teams and the 'big six' control the Premier League.

But Grimsby boss Holloway has accused those at the top of being selfish and obsessed with greed – and wants the Government to step in and start running the game before it is too late.

Holloway has told the biggest clubs that the game belongs to the fans and not them and he said: "What are Liverpool and Manchester United thinking? How selfish are you?

"I think they (the Government) need to step in right now and tell them what we want, not what you think is right. Who are you to suggest that?

"I think governance is absolutely vital right now, because money is going out of the game left, right and centre, billions and billions of pounds buying footballers, and it's going out the game.

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"The game needs it. Put it back in the game, get the Government to control our game and make sure the people at the bottom still have a club.

"Greed is disgusting, and that's what I'm seeing everywhere. They want to get richer and richer and squash the competition. It's absolutely vile and I hate it, so step in. Go and tell the top clubs that you can't do that, please. Somebody needs to.

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"The game doesn't belong to you. The club might, but for how long? The game belongs to people in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It belongs to us. Every community deserves it, and you're just at the top of it, so who do you think you are?

"They have to step in and stop the top from being uncontrolled. They should have limits to how much they can pay for somebody. Let's make football strong and divide it up fairly from top to bottom. Football cannot die."

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