Premier League clubs feel they are being 'bullied' into five subs rule by 'selfish' Big Six

Premier League clubs feel they are being ‘bullied’ into accepting five subs rule by the ‘selfish’ Big Six as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola lead the calls for another vote ahead of busy festive period

  • Premier League clubs feel they will be ‘bullied’ into accepting five substitutes 
  • Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have called for the rule to be brought back 
  • The issue has been debated twice already and was rejected on both occasions
  • However, some clubs are resigned to the prospect of the rule being changed 

A number of Premier League clubs feel they will be ‘bullied’ into bringing back five substitutes as the fierce debate into re-introducing the rule rumbles on. 

Calls have reverberated among the top clubs for the rule, which was brought in for Project Restart amid the coronavirus pandemic, to be brought back as a result of the hectic fixture schedule and a concerning pile up of injuries. 

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were united in calling for flexibility in substitutes before the international break, and it is thought that some other bosses have changed their opinion on the matter.

Some Premier League clubs reportedly feel they will be 'bullied' into bringing back five subs

Some Premier League clubs reportedly feel they will be ‘bullied’ into bringing back five subs

The rule was introduced during Project Restart so as to ease the burden on the players

The rule was introduced during Project Restart so as to ease the burden on the players

The proposed rule change has been debated twice among the 20 clubs, and was rejected on both occasions but it seems as though the debate will take place a third time.  

And The Mirror reports that clubs who remain opposed to the new rule appear resigned to the fact that the rule will eventually be brought back in due to the pressure being applied by the big clubs.

‘How many votes are we going to have until the big clubs get their own way?’ a chief executive from an unnamed club told the same outlet. ‘They are being selfish and know that some teams lower down the league will struggle to even name nine substitutes.

The matter is being discussed again with Pep Guardiola (R) and Jurgen Klopp (L) in support

The matter is being discussed again with Pep Guardiola (R) and Jurgen Klopp (L) in support

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has publicly opposed the re-introduction of the rule

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has publicly opposed the re-introduction of the rule

‘I’m disappointed that some clubs, who originally voted against five substitutes, are ready to change their mind,’ the source added. ‘In effect, we’re being bullied. Nothing, it appears, will stop the Big Six getting their own way.’

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has been vocal in opposing the re-introduction of the new rule, concurring that the push for five substitutes is driven by selfishness among the top teams.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has publicly opposed five substitutes, too. The Portuguese coach was tasked with managing his squad through a marathon season last campaign, and said it is the busy fixture schedule that needs to be addressed.  

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says it is the busy fixture schedule that needs addressing

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says it is the busy fixture schedule that needs addressing

‘Moaning is a waste of time but it doesn’t take away from how hard it is for the players – it’s something we have to deal with because different people are making the decisions.

‘We are all dealing with the same situation. What is in front of us is a nightmare in terms of the schedule – Christmas and Boxing Day and all these things will be very tough for everybody, especially the players.’ 

The top flight has had to deal with a hectic fixture schedule with the 2020-21 campaign reduced by five weeks, resulting in more games being played within close proximity.  

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