English Football League clubs are set to vote on controversial proposals to introduce a salary cap next week, according to one of the Football League’s chief executives.
In a move which would impact Coventry City, who are planning for life in the second tier, the EFL are looking to impose a flat cap of £2.5m per club in League One and £1.5m in League Two. The Championship’s figure has not yet been finalised, although it is understood it would be between £15m and £20m.
The proposals have received the backing of a number of the League’s smaller clubs, but have come in for strong criticism from others.
Sunderland, Portsmouth and Ipswich are among those clubs to have voiced their disapproval, while the PFA have said it would be “unlawful” to rush through a salary cap.
The vote had been expected to take place this week, but Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin has revealed the proposals will now be put before clubs on Thursday, August 6.
The threshold to approve the cap was lowered last month from three-quarters of clubs in a division to two-thirds, meaning 16 out of the 24 clubs involved in any decision would have to be in favour.
And Catlin believes it is by no means a certainty that the plans will be pushed through, with a growing number of clubs thought to be preparing to vote against the proposals.
“I don’t think there is a certainty that the salary cap will go through,” Catlin told the Portsmouth News.
“There seems to be an ever-growing number of clubs which may vote against it, but I think a lot of those may look at it and, given the financial situation, see it as the best of a bad job.
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“It doesn’t tick everyone’s boxes, but, on the whole, it means clubs’ costs are going to be brought down.
“Unfortunately for us, they are going to be brought down to a level which is far too low for Pompey and too high for other clubs.”
Catlin added: “I have been speaking to quite a few of the Championship clubs ahead knowing the relegation spaces, so they are up to speed with the situation and must now come to their own decisions.
“Obviously the three relegated Championship clubs all have their own internal issues at the moment financially, so we’ll have to see how they do this.
“I am pretty certain the vote…