By Dr Dan Plumley

9th Dec, 2021 | 12:00pm

Finance guru hits out at 'scared' Premier League clubs backing Aston Villa and Leeds after Friday update

Doctor Dan Plumley is unsurprised to see Premier League clubs backing Aston Villa and Leeds United chiefs in their stance on the Fan Led Review.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the finance expert said top-flight clubs were “always likely” to try and “dilute” the report.

As reported by Sky Sports (3 December), the Premier League spoke out against the introduction of an independent regulator at Friday’s meeting.

The clubs also voiced their opposition to the introduction of a transfer tax to address financial in-balance in the English game.

Speaking on talkSPORT (25 November), Villa chief executive Christian Purslow slammed many of the findings in Tracey Crouch’s review.

On 30 November, Leeds managing director Angus Kinnear echoed those thoughts in his club’s programme notes.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his reaction to the Premier League’s stance, Plumley said: “I am not surprised the majority are against this.

“The Premier League clubs were always likely to try and dilute the report and the proposals. There are nuances in that.

“It is a majority vote in the Premier League. The big clubs have power and influence. They will always look to assert their view on the other clubs.

“The relegation-threatened clubs are in a really tricky position. They know the financial resources on offer in the Premier League are so much greater than the Championship and below. They are scared. It influences the way they vote on matters.

“There are clubs who will think there is a lot to like about to report and that is because there is a lot to like.

“The bigger clubs in the Premier League were always going to try and dilute the report.

“There is going to be more on this as time goes on. Research that I’ve been involved with shows that there is a need to close the financial gap between leagues. That is what the report is looking at doing. It’s a great starting point.”

In other news, a finance expert has claimed Aston Villa could seal £16m-a-year windfall after Purslow update.