Blog: Premier League: Change is coming to English football – but on what scale? – The Athletic

It has been seven months in the making, runs to 162 pages and promises to alter the landscape of English football.

The long-awaited Independent Fan Led Review of Football Governance, overseen by Tracey Crouch MP, has delivered a wide-ranging list of recommendations designed to protect “the long-term sustainability of football.”

Structural reform, it concludes, is now unavoidable. A new Independent Regulator for English Football (IREF) will be appointed and be tasked with monitoring financial regulation, as well as presiding over a tightened owners’ and directors’ test.

Change is coming but on what scale? The Athletic addresses some of the key points from what some campaigners believe could be “a monumental” paper.

An independent regulator has long been promised by the government, what is that role going to entail?

It’s a big title, no doubt about it. The roads that have led English football to this point,

such as the financial collapse of Bury and Macclesfield

and the European Super League debacle in April, have convinced the UK government that football can no longer be trusted to govern itself. “The long-term health of football is under threat,” the report concluded.

A remedy was needed to cure those ills and it comes, as expected, primarily in the shape of an independent regulator.

Crouch’s paper has stated it is high time football moved away from “traditional sports regulation” and concluded that “sophisticated business regulation tailored to the specifics of the football industry is needed.

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