Premier League clubs feel ‘bullied’ into bringing back five subs
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Several Premier League clubs believe they will be “bullied” into bringing back five substitutes.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has already labelled the campaign being orchestrated by the Big Six as ‘selfish’.
But they argue that having five substitutes is necessary to look after the welfare of players.
And buoyed by a change of mind from some managers, it appears the big six are now confident of forcing change and calling for a third vote.
One chief executive said: “How many votes are we going to have until the big clubs get their own way?
The five subs rule could soon be reintroduced
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“They are being selfish and know that some teams lower down the league will struggle to even name nine substitutes.
“I’m disappointed that some clubs, who originally voted against five substitutes, are ready to change their minds.”
He added: “In effect, we’re being bullied. Nothing, it appears, will stop the Big Six getting their own way.”
Wilder went on to say that fixture congestion for the top clubs comes with the territory of being a successful outfit.
Chris Wilder has strongly opposed the idea
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And the Blades boss has insists the short turnaround time for clubs involved in European action is simply part of the game.
He claimed: “I don’t think the common man is going to be too sympathetic to the mental aspect of players on £250,000-a-week not getting into an 18-man squad. That’s b*llocks as far as I’m concerned.
“My sympathy for them is not huge. If Man City are playing on a Wednesday night in Outer Mongolia and then have to play at 12:30 on a Saturday, they have to play at 12:30 on a Saturday!
“If that helps us, we’ll gladly take it because this is the competitive aspect of football."