Thursday 28 May 2020

Tory think tank backs fans taking a stake in clubs

One has to take friends where one can find them, but I was still a little surprised to see CAS Trust linking up in an approving tweet with a new think tank explicitly linked with the Conservative Party, Onward.  I think that it is better to avoid partisan endorsements of this kind.

Its mission is to revitalise the Conservative Party which it sees as intellectually exhausted and it might as well start in SE7 as anywhere.  It has decided to leap on a popular bandwagon by advocating a fan stake in clubs which is music to the ears of CAS Trust:

It is evident that the Bundesliga model has won favour with CAS Trust.   It is often held up as a shining example of fan involvement by football reformers, although these treatments are always uncritical and the reality is somewhat different.

Charlton was, of course, an early adopter of the 'fan on the board' model, but this did not work as well as was hoped.   I will discuss it in a future post.

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