Player, pundit, club owner, manager, captain, board member — Gary Neville has worn a lot of different hats throughout his time in football. Now, alongside former English Football Association chairman David Bernstein, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Conservative lawmaker Helen Grant and others, Neville may have a new moniker: game-changer.
They’ve recently released a “Manifesto for Change” calling for a financial overhaul of the FA, which is titled ‘Saving the Beautiful Game.’
Their aim is to “create a new regulatory body for football that is independent of the current structure of the game” and bring greater oversight into how money is distributed among Premier League, EFL (English Football League) and non-league clubs.
“English football does need reshaping” the former Manchester United skipper told CNN Sport’s Amanda Davies.
“It’s not good enough that the 20th club in the Premier League gets £100 million ($130 million) and the 21st club in English football gets £7 million ($9.1 million).
“A £93 million ($121 million) difference for one place is far too big a gap.”