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Football Governance


Greg Dyke declares war on Premier League

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has declared war on the Premier League with his proposal for drastic changes to the home grown player rule.   The Premier League relies on searching the world for the best mature talent and enticing players with high wages, even if sometimes expensive mistakes are made.

While saying that he would prefer to proceed by consensus, Dyke has made it clear that he will be prepared to force the changes through.  He has said that he could get Uefa  to change the rules or the Football Association could change the rules.

Leeds chief operating officer quits

The chief operating officer at Leeds United, Matt Child, has left the club.   The lifelong fan only took up the role in December and was running the club while owner Massimo Cellino was serving his ban from the Football League.

Fan buy out law has its problems

Reference is sometimes made to the British equivalent of the 'California effect' in the United States.  This means that legislation pioneered in California is then adopted by other states or used as a model at a federal level.   Air quality law offers a good example.

The equivalent in the UK is the Scottish Parliament passing laws which might then be adopted elsewhere in the UK.   However, the 'Barnett formula' does ensure that the Scottish Government has more money to play with.

Board resignation at Pompey

Mick Williams has resigned from the board at Portsmouth after a disagreement over a decision involving the Supporters' Trust.   He was a key figure in rescuing the club from liquidation and bringing it into fan ownership.

He has not elaborated on his reasons, but says that it is a matter of principle.

Could Bath City become next supporter owned club?

Plans are in place for Bath City to become the next supporter owned club.   However, fans need to raise £1.4m to acquire the club, pay off creditors and provide enough working funds for next season.  Former chairman Mandy Rigby is owed £170k.

Greek government backs down on football ban

The new left-wing Greek Government has had to compromise in its negotiations with the European Union and now it has had to back down on a proposed indefinite ban on football in the Greek Super League.  Governing party Syriza is facing internal tensions over its deal with the EU and could not expend political capital stopping the country's favourite sport.  There will now be just a ban on this weekend's Super League Matches.

James Easdale gives way to fan pressure

Bus tycoon James Easdale has resigned from the Rangers board in response to fan pressure.   His brother Sandy, who is a bigger shareholder, is chairman of the board.  James Easdale's home in Greenock was targeted by vandals last year who painted graffiti.

Blues parent company goes into administration

Birmingham City's troubles have gone on for a long time with it being suggested that the club was effectively being controlled from the majority shareholder's prison cell.   It is therefore not a great surprise to learn that the parent company has gone into administration with the various parties seemingly fighting like cats in a sack.

Call to tighten financial controls

Valeri Belokon has called for tighter controls by the Football League on club's finances.  The Latvian was interested in taking over Blackpool, but lost interest after he discovered that £27m had been transferred from club funds to accounts or companies controlled by owner Owen Oyston.

It is not implied that these movements were not lawful, but more transparency about club finances would be welcome.

Match fixing a challenge in Malta

This article suggests that unstable finances and poor pay for largely part-time players leaves Maltese football open to the temptation of match fixing for Asiann betting syndicates.   For example, a top team might go behind in the first half without arousing too much suspicion.

However, the article also suggests that such behaviour is also a problem in other low profile leagues across the world.