With the latest financial crisis to hit the EFL now in full swing at League Two Macclesfield Town, the chairman of Leyton Orient Nigel Travis has had his say on the governance of lower league football in England.
Travis was speaking on Taksport during his guest appearance on the Jim White morning show explaining his board’s recent decision to sack Carl Fletcher after only twenty-nine days in charge at Brisbane Road.
After describing the unreconcilable cultural differences between the club and the former Bournemouth midfielder which led to his departure, Travis then had his say on the financial troubles that have dogged several EFL clubs in recent times.
The issue has once again been brought into sharp focus by this week’s events at Orient’s League Two rivals Macclesfield Town. Reports suggest the players at Moss Rose are currently on strike over unpaid wages, putting tomorrow’s fixture with Mansfield Town in jeopardy.
A senior football journalist at the BBC, Ian Dennis, has tweeted this afternoon if payments are not settled by six o’clock this evening, the players will not play tomorrow’s match.
The Macclesfield Town players, who didn’t train today will not be playing the game tomorrow at home against Mansfield Town unless payment is made in full by 6pm today to all players and staff.
— Ian Dennis (@Iandennisbbc) November 15, 2019
White had previously spoken to the Silkmen’s controversial owner Amar Alkadhi who unsurprisingly, given his elusive nature, refused permission for Talksport to broadcast a chat which White reported as being mostly positive for Macclesfield fans.
However, Travis pointed the finger at owners of troubled clubs and the EFL for the problems in football when he said: ‘The owners that come in need to go through stronger testing.’
‘If clubs don’t pay players, they should be deducted points.’
‘We need to find a new formula for football because it’s broken.’
While the O’s chairman didn’t say anything that hasn’t been said before many times by many people, it is interesting that he joined chairmen such as Andy Holt of Accrington in going on the record criticising the EFL.
Fair play to Travis for going public with his criticism of the EFL and mainly their infamous ‘fit and proper’ person test for potential owners.
In our opinion, The fact of the matter is this.
The EFL is more interested in appeasing clubs in the Championship and remaining subservient to the wishes of the Premier League than looking after the interests of some of its less illustrious members.
More owners and club officials in League’s One and Two need to raise their head above the parapet to force change.
Another fixture is now in danger of being postponed due to problems at a member club, leaving the integrity of lower league football once again under severe threat.
Therefore change is needed sooner rather than later.
However, he needs to rethink his argument on points deductions; they only hurt the people that currently have no say in anything, the supporters.