‘Shambles of an organisation’ – Supporters unhappy with EFL statement on crisis clubs

Sky Sports reported yesterday that it could be a dramatic day for the EFL ahead of the League’s board meeting in London, with ownership issues at Blackpool, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City and Bolton Wanderers high on the agenda, not to mention problems at Birmingham City and Notts County.

However, after the meeting, the EFL issued a statement which left supporters very much in the dark as to solutions the EFL was offering to sort out the mess at these clubs and left them wondering what sort of leadership the EFL provided. In short, a dramatic day turned into a damp squib, and Sky Sports prediction was proved to be well off the mark.

On a day when reports emerged that outgoing chief executive Shaun Harvey enjoyed a healthy pay rise last season, up 17.3% from 357k to 418k per annum, the EFL once again proved it was toothless in sorting out issues at its member clubs. Perhaps most importantly of all, They showed a complete lack of empathy with the supporters, who are left bereft and frustrated at the incompetence of an organisation that seems to have no desire to protect its member clubs from ‘rogue owners.’

The statement said nothing of any consequence except confirming they had rejected Charlton owner Rolan Duchatelet ludicrous demand that they take control of the troubled club. There were no solutions offered to the problems at Valley Parade, and a lack of leadership on the issues at Blackpool, Coventry City and Bolton left supporters of four famous old clubs furious at what is in effect an absolution of responsibility.

What is also a concern is that the statement has not been widely reported on in the national media, a failure to call to account this country’s football administrators which is all too common. Contrast this with endless column inches and phone-in debate in the national media prompted by the EFL fining Leeds over spying Derby County’s training sessions, and you get a clear idea of the aims and objectives of the EFL and the mainstream media. In short, the concerns of supporters outside the Premier League and Championship is about as far down the national press and EFL agenda as you can get.

It was left to fans to vent their frustration at the EFL on social media. Here is a selection of their responses.






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