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Football Governance


Motherwell fans close to takeover

Motherwell fans are confident that they are close to taking control of the club.   They have not raised quite as much money as they hoped, but retired businessman Lee Hutchinson has stepped in to help them.

The club has made losses of £780,000 over the past two seasons and is expected to record another loss this season, so there is a big financial challenge ahead.

Football League in Pannu probe

The Football League has asked for an explanation of abusive comments made by director Peter Pannu on a supporter's website.   In a statement the club characterised the rambling comments as 'unprofessional' and 'ludicrous'.

Among other points made by Pannu, he alleges that the board do not want to sell to Jeremy Wray who has put in a fornal bid, but to another party, possibly located in China.

Bulls get another reprieve

The long drawn out saga of Hereford United continues with the hearing of the winding up petition against the club in the High Court deferred again until December 15th.   The petition was originally brought in June by the Inland Revenue in relation to a debt of £116,000.   The legal bills for all these hearings must be mounting.

Massimo Cellino will not sell up at Leeds

Massimo Cellino has said that he will not sell up at Leeds United despite having failed the Football League's fit and proper person test.

The woes of Hereford United

Investigative sports journalist David Conn takes an in depth look at the woes of Hereford United.   It doesn't make for happy reading, particularly in terms of the background of the public face of the club, Andrew Lonsdale.   His previous involvement with a non-league club, Feltham FC, apparently involved dumping large quantities of waste on the ground.

Feeder clubs by stealth?

Greg Dyke has dropped his idea for a League Three which Premier League 'B' teams could enter and progress as far as League One.   Even Premier League clubs that backed the idea have now withdrawn their support.  However, the second set of recommendations from his commission on the future of the English game is expected to include a proposal which may also prove controversial.

Non-EU players to be banned in Football League

The Football Association is proposing to ban non-EU players from playing in the Football League as part of a package of measures to give greater opportunities to domestic players.

Football and the referendum

It was bound to happen: someone would write an article about football and the Scottish referendum. Fortunately it's soccer economics guru Stefan Szymanski who writes perceptively about these issues.

His main focus is on the existence of four national teams in the UK which is resented elsewhere (although a combined UK team would be more of a threat).   He considers what would happen if there was a yes vote or a no vote.   A yes vote might lead to demands for a 'rUK' national team.

Blatter to stand again

It's no great surprise to hear that Sepp Blatter is to stand again as President of Fifa.  Nevertheless, football fans broke open the champagne  and danced in the streets as they heard that their hero would be continuing his blend of high quality decision-making with being a scourge against corruption in the world governing body.   Without Blatter we may never have got the 2022 World Cup in Qatar!

How much are fans entitled to know?

I was intrigued by a recent posting on a fans' board by someone with informal connections with a club. She argued that the price of an admission ticket simply entitled fans to watch the game, it did not give them the right to know what was going on 'behind the scenes'.

Of course, if they purchase a programme, they will find features like 'Dressing room diaries' or features on particular players which provide exciting insights on banter between players, who shares a car to the training ground with whom and player nicknames.