As Leeds United fans we are all too aware of the issues that arise from having unfit owners. But for other clubs it has been far worse. Blackpool Supporters Trust has recently created a government petition with the following aim;
The Government must introduce an independent regulator for English football. We urge the Government to introduce an independent regulator for English football, charged with ensuring the highest possible standards of governance for all clubs.
The troubles they have endured at Blackpool FC during the Oyston ownership are well documented and make unbelievable reading, which has culminated in the Oystons being made to pay Valeri Belokon over £30m.
Blackpool FC has become a by-word in the football community for mismanagement and crisis, and yet after a period several years, nothing has been done. The EFL shows no sign that it understands what its leadership role in this area should be, and as it clearly can’t - or won’t - rise to the challenge, then we feel that the Government must step in to lead the process of fundamental reform that is clearly needed.
Blackpool is not the only club in such circumstances. Other 'crisis' clubs include AFC Wimbledon, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Fulham and Leyton Orient.
Football clubs are too precious and too much a part of the fabric of our national life, to be left to the mercy of unregulated and often unscrupulous ownership. They need the protection of a robust regulatory framework that offers a range of sanctions against wrongdoers, mechanisms that allow problems to be confronted before they become deep-rooted and a governing body that has the desire to use it.
As football fans, the Blackpool Supporters Trust would ask that you join them in trying to bring about change within the game and hopefully prevent future owners from loading clubs with debt and running clubs into the ground. We are all fans and we should stick together to ensure the clubs we love are owned and managed properly.
The petition can be found here - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/213108
Football without fans is nothing!