Five substitutes: Premier League unlikely to reintroduce rule this season despite strong support

Sky Sports News has canvassed 18 of the 20 clubs, with 10 in favour and eight against, while two have refused to comment. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters tells MPs "I don't see it changing for the foreseeable future".

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Sky Sports News' Rebecca Williams reveals that 10 Premier League clubs are in favour of increasing the number of substitutes allowed per match from three to five.

The Premier League is not expected to reintroduce the five-substitute rule this season despite some strong support from at least half of its clubs.

Sky Sports News has surveyed 18 of the 20 teams and, while eight say they are still against it, 10 are in favour, with two of those having changed their mind on the issue in recent weeks.

However, a rule change needs 14 votes to pass and the issue has already been voted down twice at recent meetings - and Premier League chief executive Richard Masters told MPs on Tuesday: "I don't see it changing for the foreseeable future".

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters tells a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee meeting he does not expect the reintroduction of five substitutes

England's top flight is the only major league in the world not using the new five-sub rule, and there are mixed feelings on the issue throughout the division.

Top managers including Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho support the advent of having five subs available - and they were backed up by the PFA, who want the rule introduced on health and safety grounds, on Monday.

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Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were united in their criticism of the decision not to allow five substitutions per game in the Premier League, with Klopp saying re-introducing five subs is a 'necessity' and doesn't give the richer teams an advantage

However, Sheffield United are among those to have rejected it, with the club's chief executive Stephen Bettis telling Sky Sports News this week: "We remain suspicious that big clubs simply want to be able to sub-off players to rest them to keep them fresh.

"Of course the bigger the club, the stronger the bench. Any change of rules mid-season will clearly affect the integrity of the league."

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West Ham manager David Moyes had previously been in favour of only using three substitutes in a match, but he now admits he would prefer the option of being able to put up to five replacements on due to increasing concerns over player welfare.

However, other clubs outside the top-six are in favour including Brighton, whose chief executive Paul Barber told the Argus newspaper: "It suits (manager) Graham (Potter), it suits our particular game management systems, and the way Graham likes to use his squad and change systems during games.

"We voted positively twice on the idea and if there was to be another vote, we would vote positively again. We are not trying to sway the opinion of anyone else. The idea of players benefitting at this time now an intense fixture schedule is, of course, true. What we don't know is to what extent and whether that favours a particular club over another."

The two outstanding Premier League clubs canvassed by Sky Sports News refused to comment.

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