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Frank McAvennie has labelled the Liverpool-led proposals outlined in ‘Project Big Picture’ as “awful”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the legendary former Celtic and West Ham striker believes the plans are “just a power grab”.

The Telegraph reported at the weekend that Liverpool owner John W. Henry and director Mike Gordon have been heavily involved in producing an 18-page document detailing radical changes to English football.

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The plans include a £250million bailout of the EFL as well as controversial changes to the voting process in the Premier League and reducing the top-flight to an 18-team division.

Asked by Football Insider what he made of the proposals, McAvennie said: “I don’t think it’s right, I really don’t. I think it’s the big clubs just looking after themselves.

“It’s like giving their pocket money to the EFL, it’s not right.

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“It’s pretty awful, it’s just a power grab.

“Football is all about ambition, you want to have that chance, that you’re going to make it. Man City 10 years ago weren’t the team they are now, so they wouldn’t have been involved in it.

“It just shows you if somebody is ambitious and comes in with money, they can make it to the top.

“If that closes, what’s the point?

“If they keep going the way they’re going, the government is going to step in because there’s too much money there and they’ll think they’ll want a bit of that and it will serve them right because there’s been greedy.

“I’m not saying there’s corrupt people running it but it’s not the Football League’s agenda that’s for sure.”

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