No, I’m not talking about another ludicrous scheme from Phil Gartside, but the Premier League’s plans on ‘fit and proper’ people and debt. As David Conn notes, the proposals don’t go far enough to create the kind of change that either the fans – or the Culture Secretary – would like.
I have written before about my admiration for Andy Burnham. The fact that he voiced his concerns about the Premier League’s dirty money-grabbing antics in a keynote address to the Supporters Direct annual conference might strike the cynics as grandstanding, but that is to misunderstand Burnham, who is actually a football man through and through. We can only hope that Burnham – and his Conservative successor as Culture Secretary (as a Tory government looks more and more likely) continue to keep up the pressure on football’s suits.