EFL chairman ‘threatened’ by Premier League over Tweet

Andy Holt, the chairman of English League Two club Accrington Stanley has become embroiled in a war of words with the Premier League after he posted criticism of the obscene amounts of money involved in the English top flight.

Following stories reporting that Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola made £41million through the French star’s transfer from Juventus to Manchester United last summer, Holt on Tuesday posted a series of tweets lambasting the Premier League over such “largesse.”

The biggest concern for the boss of the mid-table league two club was that as the top clubs continue to get ever more rich, the Football League is becoming a “starving peasant begging for scraps” off their table.

In an attempt to put the numbers into perspective, Holt then revealed that Accrington Stanley runs on an annual budget of less than £2.2 million pounds and makes an average yearly loss of £500,000.

As if hurt by Holt’s words, the Premier League responded later the same day with the following statement.

“The Premier League supports all clubs in the EFL with solidarity payments and provides significant funding for their community projects and youth development schemes – all things that Accrington Stanley benefits from.

“It is only because of the interest in our competition and in Premier League clubs that we can support Accrington, the wider football pyramid, and communities and schools across the country.

“We will be writing to Mr Holt to ask him if he wishes for the Premier League to continue the support we currently provide for his and other clubs in the EFL.”

Somebody at the Premier League obviously got out of bed the wrong side.

According to reports, Accrington and all the other League Two clubs will receive approximately £430,000 in solidarity payments from the Premier League this season – or about what Zlatan Ibrahimovic earns in a week.

Holt was not impressed by the Premier League’s reply, so hit back asking why that has chosen to threaten his and other clubs rather than just him personally – as he was expressing a personal opinion.

Holt then replied with a counter statement, accusing the Premier League of threatening him and saying they could please themselves what they did with their money.

He then went on to call out the Premier League, reiterating in a series of tweets the fact that he was stating his own opinion.

No word yet on the Premier League’s response, although Holt himself received a lot of support from fans across England.

We await the Premier League’s next PR disaster, move with baited breathed.