Local clubs “disgusted” with Premier League farewell gift
Outgoing Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore is to be given a £5 million farewell bonus “in recognition of his outstanding work”.
The 59-year-old reportedly earns £2.5 million per season will be paid £250,000 by every one of the 20 clubs in England’s top flight.
He will also remain in an advisory position with the Premier League.
The decision has caused outrage among the footballing world, particularly by those in non-league football.
Under Scudamore’s reign, Premier League television rights have soared from £670 million to £5.14 billion.
A feeling of disdain has been felt by a number of local clubs including Southern League Division One South side AFC Totton.
“To ask for another £250,000 per Premier League club I think its disgusting” said Chairman Wayne Mew.
“We have had problems with floodlights on our artificial pitch for a number of years but we just don’t have the finances to do so.”
Also this week, the EFL agreed a new £595 million deal with Sky Sports starting from next season.
FA Vase winners in 2018, Thatcham Town FC, only received £30,000 for winning the final at Wembley, though, the FA have made steps to increase the prize pool across all of their competitions.
Non-League Paper senior writer Matt Badcock believes that it has been an insult to non-league and grassroots football.
“By giving outgoing Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore a £5million golden handshake says all you need to know about the disdain they hold for football in this country.”