Yesterday I received a reply from Hugh Robertson MP about football governance, you can find this on yesterdays blog post. Here is my follow up letter. I shall publish any reply I get in response to this.
I've also recorded an interview with Free Radio on this issue which should air in the next day or so.
I worry that there is not enough urgency to address and engage this issue thoroughly. When do all parties expect the recommendations to be put into place? The new season is rapidly approaching.
It was only a few years ago that my own team, Liverpool, looked threatened with administration because of poor leadership from owners. If a club the size of Liverpool can be threatened by such an event, then it is conceivable that it could happen to anyone.
The fantastic football writer David Conn of the Guardian had this to say about the upcoming flotation of Manchester United, “One wider point should be considered, among many. This is the most momentous event at an English club since the England team tumbled out of the European Championship. Roy Hodgson's team of triers was accompanied by the age-old call for a revolution in how we think about football, for Premier League clubs, the Football Association and the whole game to the grass roots, to pull together for the common good. Days later, English football's greatest name is being re-routed to the New York Stock Exchange via the Cayman Islands, to pay debts a US family was allowed to load on, to buy one of our great clubs in the first place. That hocking of clubs in the global marketplace has always seemed at odds with a coherent approach to building a great sport, a waste of the great opportunities the modern era is providing” (Guardian.co.uk, 4th July 2012).
How long will it be until we see a situation similar to Rangers happen in the Premier League? I fear it will not be long.
I welcome any further thoughts you have on this subject,