February 28, 2024

Former Everton chief Keith Wyness has insisted Premier League chair Alison Brittain is “useless” if she doesn’t get involved in the controversy surrounding alleged financial breaches by clubs.

The 66-year-old, who ran a football consultancy advising elite teams after serving as CEO at Goodison Park from 2004 to 2009, criticized Brittain for his recent failure to show up for the select committee meeting in Whitehall in an interview with Football Insider’s Inside Track podcast.

The day after Nottingham Forest and Everton were accused of breaking the Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR), select committee members from the Culture, Media, and Sport Committee questioned Premier League CEO Richard Masters and EFL head Rick Parry on Tuesday.

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However, top-flight chairman Brittain was not present in Whitehall.

The 58-year-old left Whitbread, the company that owns Premier Inn and Costa Coffee, as CEO to join the Premier League in 2023.

For violating PSR regulations, Everton has already received the largest punishment in Premier League history: a 10-point deduction this season.

Wyness told Football Insider“This is the first time that the Premier League has done a 10-point deduction.

“Here we are at a select committee, and the chair of the league isn’t even getting involved.

“Is it because she doesn’t understand the detail? Why wasn’t she a part of the select committee?

“Rick Parry was, the head of the EFL – so why wasn’t the chair of the Premier League there?

“Is it because she doesn’t understand, or doesn’t really have a view? We’ve got to hear from the chairman.

“This is a very serious thing, and without hearing from her – she’s useless, as far as I’m concerned.

“What’s her role if she’s not getting involved in an issue this big?”

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