Premier League 2: Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan shares his views
Published 11:28 26/04/09 By By Paul Smith
The arrival of Premier League 2 is inevitable, according to one of the chairmen whose club will be invited to join the breakaway.
Sunday Mirror Sport revealed last week that Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has prepared a discussion document about the formulation of a new, second tier to the Premier League.
Clubs are now waiting to see a detailed breakdown of how the new division would be set up and run.
Details are being thrashed out inside the Premier League but the aim is to unveil the plan at the clubs' summer meeting on June 4-5.
Simon Jordan, chairman of Crystal Palace, has seen Gartside's strategy and remains to be convinced but he admitted: "Change is inevitable. Evolution will take place.
"Before this is formally presented it needs to be thought through with a set of rules, objectives and the criteria joining clubs need to meet.
"To create a new league the criteria on performance, size of club and capacity will undoubtedly come into play." The Gartside plan was discussed at last Thursday's meeting of Premier League clubs with the agreement that he should aim to reveal details by the summer.
Gartside has told his fellow chairmen they will use UEFA's club licensing system as the basis for their plans.
He also suggested the arrival of Prem 2 does not need to be tied to any new TV deal. He said there would be no change in the distribution of money so the new league would not need to be seen as reducing income for the big four clubs.
Jordan added:" Phil is a stooge for other people who are putting him forward. For this to work there must be more desire.
"Certain people should be pushing from the front. Chief executive Richard Scudamore and Dave Richards[ chairman] want the Premier League expanded.
"Football evolves and because of the economic situation there is more desperation.
"On the proposed arrival of Glasgow giants Rangers and Celtic, the Palace chairman said: "The Premier League doesn't need Celtic and Rangers. Celtic and Rangers need the Premier League so they should pay a significant bounty to join."
THE BLUEPRINT: HOW LEAGUE COULD WORK
The revised plans for the Premier League would see 18 clubs in the top division and 24 in Prem 2 - including Glasgow giants Rangers and Celtic. But the fact that stadium capacity and revenue streams are being used as criteria will help the likes of Leeds, Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday.
There will be losers and the likes of Doncaster( ground capacity 15, 269) and Swansea( 20, 520) won't meet the Prem 2 criteria. The Gartside plan proposes controls on wages and the debt level limits - a move that would be welcomed by the FA.
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