By Dr Dan Plumley

12th Sep, 2022 | 5:00pm

Finance guru: Liverpool playing 'hardball' amid Whitehall 'negotiations' twist

Liverpool will continue to play “hardball” as they lobby the new Government to row back on the Fan-Led Review for Football.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the fate of the charter during Lizz Truss’s premiership.

It was widely reported that the new prime minister’s Thatcherite leanings might mean she is ideologically opposed to the idea of independent regulation for football.

But The i reported last Friday (9 September) that sources close to Truss have allayed fears that she is keen to water down the contents of the charter.

Instead, the sources insisted that there is still “everything to play for” in the fight to reform football governance.

An independent regulator, the reformation of parachute payments, and parity for the women’s game were among the Review’s recommendations.

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Plumley argues that the likes of Liverpool will be keen to see the push back against those fighting to implement its contents.

“You can see it in the documentation,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“It wouldn’t get rid of all their power, but it is about spreading some of that power back across the industry.

“We have seen that the Premier League as a whole doesn’t want independent regulation. The Big Six clubs are a huge part of that.

“If some of these clubs are more powerful than the leagues, they are going to protect their interests accordingly.

“However, I still think there is a long way to run with this. The political changes and everything else that has gone on in the world will slow it down a little bit further.

“But I still think there will be a lot of hardball negotiations back and forth. The Big Six will always look to dilute the regulations.”

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