Premier League chairman slams Rick Parry over talks with Liverpool and Man Utd

Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman has hit out at EFL chief Rick Parry for his secret talks with Liverpool and Manchester United.

Hoffman has accused his counterpart of curtailing a bailout for the lower divisions as the top-flight continues to be at loggerheads with the lower divisions.

A working relationship between the Premier League and the EFL has been cast into doubt with Project Big Picture causing divides and Parry supposedly not engaging in negotiations regarding the proposed bailout.

The top flight chief stated the Premier League's bailout offer – an initial £20m grant to clubs in League One and Two with the possibility of a further £30m in loans to follow.

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"In times of crisis it is even more important that we work together rather than create division,' Hoffman writes.

"Despite Rick's actions on a number of matters which have deliberately created division and put in jeopardy a much-needed rescue package for EFL clubs, the Premier League today gained Club approval for an offer for League One and League Two clubs."

Hoffman's letter also confirmed that the EFL have rejected a first bailout offer without seeking the input of clubs.

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It was a £40m grant and £110m in loans due to the conditions attached.

EFL clubs will discuss the offer on Thursday at divisional meetings but are set to reject it as they cite its insufficiency and are opposed to Championship clubs being excluded from the proposal.

"Rick Parry did not engage with us," Hoffman continues.

"However, on 13 October we received feedback of our funding offer from Dave Baldwin (who has been nothing but professional throughout).

"He stated that the caveats applied against both the proposed loan and grant funds were not something the EFL Board could put before your clubs."

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