The Independent Fan Led Review of Football Governance in England has called on the government to introduce an independent regulator for English football.
More than 130 clubs, including Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion And wolverhampton wanderers, represented by members of his fanbase over the course of six months, during which the review panel – chaired by MP Tracy Crouch – listened to more than 100 hours of evidence.
This fan-led review formed part of the government’s 2019 manifesto after three major incidents over the years – the case of Bury FC, an EFL side that was not present in the 2018–19 season, the COVID-19 pandemic and the Premier League. Attempts to create a separate ‘Super League’ by many of Europe’s biggest clubs, including a number in the league.
The clear objective of the review was to ‘explore ways to improve the governance, ownership and financial stability of clubs in English football, building on the strength of the football pyramid’.
In the West Midlands, the current situation is arguably mixed; For example, at Villa, they now enjoy the security, stability and support of NSWE, after the nearly disastrous era of Dr. Tony Zia and the period preceding that period under Randy Lerner.
In the blues, there have been considerable protests against the ownership of the Trillian Trophy Asia, and again these have come after the infamous Carson Yeung leadership over the years.
Wolves, under Fosun, have thrived on and off the pitch and are back in the Premier League, while Albion are self-sufficient, but there is nostalgia from China boss Guochuan Lai, who has not been at The Hawthorns since 2018.
Around England, however, the plethora of case studies of mismanagement at the top level of football clubs are all too familiar; Bolton, Blackpool, Portsmouth and Charlton are all clubs that have previously suffered at the hands of owners who are not fit enough to hold that title.
And so the fan-led review panel has called for an independent regulator for English football (IREF) as well as new tests that must be passed by potential new owners and directors, regardless of where the club is run. want to take. Test of fit and proper person.
Also among the findings is that Premier League clubs, which take among them the bulk of the money made by football clubs in this country, have to pay transfer fees to any player signed from another top flight club in the football pyramid. Should have served better, or from a club abroad.
The IREF will also oversee a shadow board at each club, which appropriately informs supporters of their intentions to make important decisions and their rationale for it. The IREF will also oversee financial regulations to ensure the stability of professional football in England.
IREF as a concept will be set up by an Act of Parliament.
“The review has formed the firm belief that our national sport is at a crossroads with the proposed ESL” [European Super League] One of many, though the most recent and obvious, depictions of deep-seated problems in the sport,” said Crouch. “I believe there is a dire alternative to the one facing football in this country.
“Build on your strength, modernize your governance, make it fair and strong at every level or do nothing and in towns and cities across the country suffer the inevitable consequences of inaction – over-owners unrolling the future of football clubs.” More fan groups are forced to mobilize and fight to maintain the existence of the club they love and inevitably more clubs fail with all the pain it brings to those communities.
“As commented in the review, for all the good owners in sports clubs there is only one bad boss away from disaster.
“To those who say that English football is the world leader at club level and there is no need to change, I would argue that it is simultaneously celebrating the current global success of the Premier League as well as about fragility. As deep concern as possible in the broad foundations of the game.
“It is both true that our sport is truly world leading and that there is also a real risk of widespread failures and a possible collapse of the pyramid as we know it. We ignore the warning signs at our own risk and I hope this The review protects the good and the special but sets a clear course for a strong national sport with the interests of the fans.”