The online fans collective have in principle agreed to but a 51% stake in Ebbsfleet Utd (formerly Gravesend and Northfleet FC). The 1000's of members who have all chipped in £35 will have a say in tranfers and team selection.
Exciting in principle for the individuals, but this can only end in tears surely?
Dundee Football club supporters set up a fans trust some years ago called dee4life when the club got into financial trouble. I think they have a person on the board of the football club who reports back to the trust, and I think they may own a fair percentage of the shares of the football club.
Good luck to Ebbsfleet Utd, hope they can make it work, will probably need to put their hands in their pockets again though.
yup our local team Crawley set up a trust when our club was in financial trouble though i dont know their exact status in the club as i havwen't been down their for quite a while due to saturday working
but having said that i wish the fans at Ebsfleet every success in their endevours
"Surley the fans can do a better job than most football club directors ?"
It seems they also have a say in transfers and team selection (Vote online?). I wonder how twenty thousand 'armchair' fans can have a better understanding of current fitness of the players than the man who has spent the previous 7 days with them on the training ground. The manager and/or his staff will have spent the preceeding week studying the opposition, watching them play, scouting other clubs for potential players. I could go on, but I won't. I just don't see how it can work.