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Gills chairman Paul Scally lambasts academy changes

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally
Paul Scally was one of 22 chairmen who voted against the EPPP

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has accused Premier League clubs of being "greedy" following changes to the youth transfer system.

Football League clubs could receive lower fees for players under 17 in the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

Scally told BBC Radio Kent: "When you have the extent of money that the Premier League clubs have, you get incredibly greedy.

"They can take our kids without paying what we regard as fair compensation."

In recent years, Gillingham have lost teenagers Luke Freeman and Ryan Bertrand to Arsenal and Chelsea respectively and are likely to be powerless to stop the big clubs should they pursue more youngsters from Priestfield.

The Premier League had threatened to withhold funding for youth development if the EPPP was not accepted.

The new guidelines mean clubs will be unable to go to tribunal when they can not agree a fee for a young player.

Whilst the new proposals will guarantee clubs more funding for youth football over a four-year period, Scally believes Football League clubs were held to ransom.

"To me it feels very much like the Premier League forcing the Football League into submission.

"There were very strong threats that if the League didn't agree to Premier League plans, they would hold back the funding that is very much the lifeblood to a number of Football League clubs."

Chairmen of 46 clubs voted in favour of the proposals and 22 against, with three no-shows and one abstention.

Scally said he was "staggered" by the number passing the changes adding: "We've been turned over. We can't deal with it.

"The Premier League can come into our youth systems and take which players they like and we get compensation through a ridiculous structure that has been developed by the Premier League."

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Arsenal complete deal for Freeman
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