BY RICHARD CAWLEY Millwall manager Neil Harris reckons a Premier League 2 will happen – but says the biggest challenge is preventing the financial gulf becoming a yawning chasm in the domestic football pyramid.
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani recently called for the creation of a Premier League 2 to create more TV revenue for Championship sides.
Six of the Yorkshire side’s 12 games have been moved so they can be screened – with Sky selecting 19 of their 46 league matches for coverage in the 2017-18 campaign.
Clubs such as West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Swansea City received £75 million in parachute payments for two seasons if they cannot bounce back to the top flight.
Harris said: “One day it [a Premier League 2] will happen.
But who gets to govern that and bridge the gap between the Premier League and Football League is certainly not going to be straightforward.
“Do I think it will be soon? No, I don’t expect it.
“The Premier League is getting richer – that’s for all to see. Is that from TV revenue? Yeah. But it is also about foreign ownership.
“A Premier League 2 needs to try and distribute the wealth. Every year the divides get bigger.
The Premier League becomes richer, the Championship becomes richer – but the gulfs become bigger.”