And Gartside hopes to persuade fellow members to show interest in his idea that would involve two Premier League divisions of 18 teams in each, including inviting the Old Firm to join as well as an Irish franchise.
“I’ve been there, Celtic is just an unbelievable football club and Rangers also.
“I don’t think for one minute the likes of ourselves, Aston Villa, would sit back and think ‘well that’s it’, or just give up. I think all clubs would try and get stronger because of it.”
Other matters to be discussed at the meeting on Thursday between 11am-2pm will be the sponsorship of the league with Barclays and recent refereeing complaints.