The football fan-led review has now been published and the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust have had their say on some of the final recommendations.
Tracey Crouch, former sports minister, has released the 162 page review, which welcomed input from more than 130 supporter groups and stakeholders to come up with 47 recommendations, discussed by Crouch and a panel of 10 others.
The Trust lobbied for a number of factors to be included and have said almost all of them are in the final recommendations and “will be a requirement of the Club being granted a licence by the regulator,” which was one of the most important suggestions.
A regulator would be appointed by an Act of Parliament and 93 per cent of EFL fans surveyed by the panel are in support of it, although there is expected to be some opposition to it from Premier League clubs.
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust have also noted that the recommendations in the review are a minimum requirement, so clubs can go even further, which is what the Trust are hoping to see – in the form of a fan-elected director, although it wasn’t one of the final recommendations.
Crouch gave her view on the independent regulator appointment when football.london’s chief football writer, Alan Smith, spoke to her.
“I’m really quite optimistic that the government will look at the independent regulator and introduce it,” she said. “I don’t know the timeframe for that but I’m quite comfortable.”
The recommendations also include: changes to the owners and directors test, golden share (which could potentially see groups like the THST have more of a say on decisions relating to the heritage of their club) and changes to player contracts.
Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters’ Association, also gave his verdict.
“It’s now up to the government to deliver upon the recommendations,” he said.
“The review’s proposals to strengthen the voice of supporters in the game, protect football’s heritage and the pyramid, and provide genuine independent regulation, lay the basis for a prosperous and sustainable future for football at all levels.”
The Spurs Trust revealed that almost of all of their proposals have been endorsed. These included:
• Genuinely independent non-executive directors on the Club board.
• A clearer, more transparent governance and reporting structure.
• The establishment of a two-tier board structure with teeth.
• Reserved seats for the Trust, diversity representatives, and key supporter constituencies on a shadow or supervisory board.
• The establishment of Golden Share rights giving supporters the ability to veto key decisions about the Club’s heritage through the recognised Supporters’ Trust.
In Daniel Levy’s financial results statement, which was put on the Tottenham website earlier in the week, he gave some hope that the review would be something positive for the north London club.
“We look forward to the Government’s fan-led review and to delivering enhanced supporter engagement and consultation,” he said.
Now the review has been published, the Trust are asking fans to contact their local MP to encourage them to support the findings must be debated in Parliament before it can be passed into legislation.
The THST also explained they will be contacting the Club to start introducing the relevant proposals, which they see as positives, although acknowledge there is still work to be done.
Source by Football London