Rotherham United were incredibly proud to have supported the EFL’s efforts to further garner attention for their Fan Led Review with the Government by partaking in a series of meetings in the House of Commons recently.
Local MPs serving a town or city which has a football club were invited down to the capital to further discuss the benefits of the proposal with Government officials and ministers, as efforts continue across football to safeguard our pyramid in the interests of supporters and clubs throughout the country.
The club’s Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas was a part of the Rotherham cohort that travelled to Westminster to support the white paper submission by the EFL and reinforce its merits across a series of meetings, one of which was hosted by Rotherham’s Labour MP Sarah Champion.
Also in attendance was Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne and Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey, who offered his support to the submission in a breakaway meeting with Sarah and Paul.
Speaking following a successful day in the capital on which the voices of MPs and club representatives from around the UK were heard in parliament, Paul said:
“I think it is incredibly important that everyone involved in the game continues to highlight the need to put in place a model that is both sustainable and fair to clubs in our beloved game.
“The trip down to London was incredibly productive and it was brilliant to hear people talking so passionately in front of Government representatives, who definitely sat up and took note of what was being said.
“The Fan Led Review will give the EFL and its clubs even greater longevity and ensure that money is not only distributed much more fairly across the pyramid, but also reduce the crazy spending which is happening, certainly at the top end of the game.
“It was really enlightening to hear the views of other club representatives and those of MPs from around the country and also incredibly pleasing to hear that we are all very much singing from the same hymn sheet on this subject.
“We have always taken great pride in the fact that we run Rotherham United in a sustainable way and we don’t feel like that should put us at a disadvantage, although, perhaps unjustly it has in the past. The Fan Led Review would certainly benefit clubs like us, but more importantly, ensure that the Burys of this world don’t find themselves in the situation that they do today.”