FAO Tracey Crouch, Chair of fan-led review into football.
On behalf of the Red Imps Community Trust at Lincoln City FC I’d like to put across our views on the current state of football governance. I hope these views can be borne in mind amongst the many submissions you have had from supporter organisations and individual fans in the Fan-Led Review of the industry.
As a brief background the Red Imps Community Trust (formerly the Lincoln City Supporters Trust) has existed for over 20 years and in all that time has had two Supporters Trust members elected on to the football club Board of Directors. In addition a club director sits on the Trust board. Throughout that period and especially in recent years Lincoln City have insisted that the involvement of fans in the running of the club is vitally important.
The main points that our Trust wishes to put across regarding how the football industry is run are as follows:
1. There should be a fairer distribution of TV money throughout the football pyramid to prevent the Premier League stretching away still further from the Football League and to aid the sustainability of many more clubs.
2. There should be greater independence in how football is run by the FA as the National Governing Body and by all Leagues so that appropriate priority is given in decision-making into what is best for the game as a whole.
3. Premier League parachute payments should be ceased in their current form and the funds passed though the EFL more fairly.
4. There needs to be greater scrutiny of club expenditure including clear limits on spending in relation to turnover to prevent overspending which can risk a club’s very existence.
5. Early warning systems should be in place to identify clubs in trouble and prevent the demise of clubs like Bury FC.
6. Clubs should have elected supporter representation on their boards of directors.
7. There should be much more investment in grass-roots football including into facilities and coaching to secure and improve the long-term future of the game.
Out of courtesy I have copied in our local MP Karl McCartney and also Kevin Miles chief executive of the FSA who I gather have been making representations through clubs and trusts direct to you.
If you’d like us to expand on the above points or if you need any further information relating to our trust and our club we’d of course be delighted to speak further.
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Lincoln City FC