that’s what change looks like. It’s very hard to describe the feeling you get when you see the words and ideas that you, and those you have worked with, have stood for for years in a document that signals the biggest step forward for English football since decades.
The same goes for clubs to obtain a license from this regulator, and for this license to specify minimum standards of governance and fan engagement.
There is a certain irony in the fact that it was the attempt of the so-called “Big Six” to break with, and thus destroy, the English game that turned out to be the catalyst for this report.
Because make no mistake, it will fundamentally change the English game for the better if implemented correctly. This breakaway attempt proved once and for all that the game should not be allowed to reform.
Of course, that also means being a co-chair of a trust at one of those six clubs is particularly difficult.
Those of us who have worked for years trying to make sure fans really have a voice in their clubs have a bitter experience of the promised reforms that are slowly being undermined and chipped away as clubs and gaming authorities make. huge efforts to make sure they have to do so little. as possible to comply with the most modest proposals. And so there is inevitably some trepidation.
But the big difference this time is the weight of opinion behind these proposals. Supporter groups from 130 different clubs submitted evidence for review. Experts in the fields of finance and governance were consulted.
A panel of experts with varying skills reviewed the proposals and pushed those who came up with ideas on how they might work and why they were needed.
He would be a really cloth-eared, stupid, disconnected person who wouldn’t recognize the direction of travel.
This citation in the recommendations is particularly heartening, making it clear that a licensing requirement will be for each club to “develop and implement a strategy to engage and listen to its fans, community and stakeholders. “. Exactly.
Martin Cloake is co-chair of the Tottenham The confidence of Hotspur supporters.