Premier League Chief Richard Scudamore was forthright in his assertion that the events of last season damaged the league's reputation, and rules must be changed to accommodate
greater transparency. "Changes have to be made for the same reason the Stevens report was necessary," Scudamore said, referring to the investigation of transfer dealings between agents and EPL coaches
in which many clubs were implicated. "We cannot keep taking this blow to our reputation and the clubs recognize that."
Scudamore added (controversially) that clubs are now better run financially thanks to their new owners and that tighter regulation and more transparency would make sure that clubs act like responsible corporations. Among the proposed rule changes, are complete transparency with regard to player registration and employment. Loan deals would also have to be declared, lasting a full season, and the number of goalkeepers loaned out would be limited to one. As for third parties owning players' financial rights (like Tevez), Scudamore said a new proposal would be forthcoming.