Central to the problems that we currently face as a Community Mutual fan owned Club, is the glass ceiling that we have to break through to be able to compete on a level playing field with the other Club’s that have rich benefactors who bankroll their Clubs. However, this particular business model all to often leads to a ‘boom and bust’ scenario where Club’s rise through the pyramid only to fall back down when the benefactor loses interest and pulls the plug on their investment.
On the other side of the coin, we can only spend any income what we initially generate ourselves and this leads to the question of should a wage cap be introduce in the National League System as a scaled down version of financial fair play?
As part of the evidence gathering for the current review of football governance the Football Supporters Association want to encourage as many of the member-owned football clubs to have our input to the process. As supporters of clubs outside the Premier League we possess a wealth of knowledge and experience of how the current governance of football affects the lower leagues and that deserves to be heard.
A Community Owned Club Network fan-led review session is scheduled to take place on the evening of Wednesday 23rd June from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.
Additionally, the FSA will have a preparation session for the Network as it's important we give clear and coherent evidence to Tracey Crouch and the panel. People must understand the Terms of Reference and that any proposals should stay within those parameters as any discussions on subjects outside the Terms of Reference are, with the best will in the world, wasting everybody's time.
The FSA feel that the fan-led review is a huge priority and really important to give the best chance of securing the changes that are needed in the game.
Timeline for the governance review -
- 23rd June (6.30 - 8.00pm) - Network evidence session with the chair (Tracey Crouch MP) and the advisory panel
- July - Chair releases an interim report
- Autumn - FSA AGM (gives further opportunity to debate the interim report as an organisation)
- October - Chair releases final report