Port Vale is just one of many clubs affected by ownership issues over the years, now it appears that the Football League will finally look at rewriting their rules on ownership…
Rob Fielding writes…
Port Vale has had its fair share of ownership issues over the years with arguably the low point being the “nil-paid shares” controversy.
However, other clubs such as Leyton Orient, Charlton Athletic, Blackpool and Coventry City have also had fan protests against what are widely seen as damaging owners.
One of the main gripes from fans is that the League’s own owners’ and directors’ test, designed to prevent inappropriate persons taking charge is not fit for purpose…
One of the main gripes from fans is that the League’s own owners’ and directors’ test, designed to prevent inappropriate persons taking charge is not fit for purpose.
However, Football League chief executive appears to have finally listened and told the Guardian newspaper: “We raised the matter with our clubs at the summer conference and got an indication from them as to where they saw this matter in terms of importance.
“The general view was that we needed to have a look at the pre-acquisition test to see if it should, and where it could, be expanded.
“So that work has been put together and clubs will get a report back in September.”
For any right-minded fans, but particularly those of Orient, Charlton, Blackpool and Coventry… those changes cannot come soon enough.