By Kieran Maguire

29th Jul, 2022 | 8:37am

Kieran Maguire issues Sunderland finance claim as historic 'new deal' on the cards

Sunderland will be “up against” it under the terms of a potential historic revamp of the EFL distribution system.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about how the Black Cats’ status as a newly-promoted team might count against them.

The Times reported on Tuesday (26 July) that the Premier League is close to agreeing a new financial model that would cut parachute payments to the EFL in exchange for merit payments based on league position.

It is understood that top-flight clubs expect Championship sides to commit to developing more loan talent as part of the proposal.

The plan is being dubbed a ‘new deal’ for English football.

Sunderland will compete in the Championship for the first time in four years in 2022-23.

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Maguire explains that awarding cash to those teams who consistently appear in the upper echelons of the second tier could bake in existing financial disparities.

“If money is going to be distributed based on where clubs finish in the table, this could result in a similar position in the EFL to what we have in the Premier League,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“It could be the same old faces in the same old positions because of the financial advantages that this brings. I’m not sure how it’s going to benefit clubs in the EFL overall.

“For those clubs that have recently got into the Championship or have smaller crowds, they are already up against it. But many, like Luton and Millwall, have already done very well and challenged for top-half finishes.

“If the bigger clubs get that headstart in terms of additional revenues, what we have already in football in terms of yo-yo clubs could be amplified going forwards.”

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