Rebel Championship clubs including Aston Villa, Stoke and Leeds to hold crisis meeting after EFL agree £595m TV deal with Sky

REBEL clubs who opposed the EFL'S new five-year broadcast deal with Sky will hold a crisis meeting at Villa Park on Tuesday.

The EFL and the broadcasting giants announced an astonishing £595million deal today that will come into effect from the 2019-2020 football season, running until May 2024.

Rebel Championship clubs including Aston Villa, Stoke and Leeds to hold crisis meeting after EFL agree £595m TV deal with SkyGetty – Contributor5 The Championship rebel clubs will meet at Villa Park tomorrow

This was despite up to 15 clubs, led by Leeds and Derby, demanding that the deal was left unsigned.

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani and Derby counterpart Mel Morris had been determined to force a re-negotiation, with threats of a “Premier League 2” breakaway being made.

But Prem chiefs made it clear they were not interested in expanding their competition while the FA signalled it would not sanction a rebel league.

Rebel Championship clubs including Aston Villa, Stoke and Leeds to hold crisis meeting after EFL agree £595m TV deal with SkyGetty – Contributor5 The Championship rebel clubs will meet at Villa Park tomorrow

Lower division chairmen, including Burton’s Ben Robinson, publicly voiced fears that clubs in Leagues One and Two could not survive unless the deal – worth 35 per cent more than the current agreement – was signed.

Rebel Championship clubs including Aston Villa, Stoke and Leeds to hold crisis meeting after EFL agree £595m TV deal with SkyGetty Images – Getty5 Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani wants to form a breakaway "Premier League 2"
Rebel Championship clubs including Aston Villa, Stoke and Leeds to hold crisis meeting after EFL agree £595m TV deal with SkyAlamy5 The EFL and Sky Sports have struck a new whopping five-year deal worth £595m

And after a board meeting, in which Reading, initially among the potential rebels, switched sides, the EFL agreed the new deal which will see 138 EFL league games, 15 play-off matches, 15 Carabao Cup ties and the semi-final and final of the Checkatrade Trophy screen live.

The big question is how the rebels will respond, with EFL bosses hoping they will recognise the deal is in the best interests of the 72-club pyramid.

EFL interim chair Debbie Jevans said: “The EFL Board is satisfied that the right deal for the EFL and its Clubs has been reached.

“Concluding these negotiations has indeed been challenging, as is the case when managing a diverse group of stakeholders.

Rebel Championship clubs including Aston Villa, Stoke and Leeds to hold crisis meeting after EFL agree £595m TV deal with SkyReuters5 Derby owner Mel Morris was another determined to force a re-negotiation
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