The Against League 3 website is worried that Dave Richards’ Premier League interests could adversely affect lower league clubs but as usual fans will have “absolutely zero say” in his appointment.
The national media claim that Richards will be heavily backed by national game councillors to become the next FA Chairman when Greg Dyke leaves the post in June.
Against League 3 are concerned with Richards’ Premier League chairmanship and whether his elevation to the role of FA Chairman would really benefit lower league clubs.
Appointing Richards would be a return to a far more entrenched FA. Supporter activists already experience serious difficulty trying to find information regarding the FA Council. No meeting dates, agendas, minutes, attendance or voting records are published to pivotal FA Council meetings affecting English football and Richards’ speech suggests this would not change under his tenureship any time soon.
Also of a concern is the conflict of interest relating to Richard’s chairmanship of The Premier League [in 1999]. With lower leagues already being regularly and repeatedly asked for concessions with the likes of B-Teams, EPPP and the scrapping of FA Cup replays, it’s unlikely that the situation would improve for Football League and Non-League clubs should Richards be made chairman.