Would you want the fans to run the club?

Llord Flashheart

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Wycombe Wanderers, my home town club, is fan owned, a Supporters Trust secured ownership in 2012.


Edit: now only 25% owned by the Supporters Trust
 
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MK Yid

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Wycombe Wanderers, my home town club, is fan owned, a Supporters Trust secured ownership in 2012.

February this year, Rob Couhig (an American lawyer and cohort of Donald Trump) purchased 75% of Wycombe, fans only own 25% now.
I believe it is only Exeter City and AFC Wimbledon of the League clubs in England that are fully Supporters Trust owned now with Grimsby and Carlisle being like Wycombe with Supporters Trusts having minority shareholdings.
 
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Llord Flashheart

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February this year, Rob Couhig (an American lawyer and cohort of Donald Trump) purchased 75% of Wycombe, fans only own 25% now.
I believe it is only Exeter City of the League clubs in England that are fully Supporters Trust owned now with Grimsby and Carlisle being like Wycombe with Supporters Trusts having minority shareholdings.
Ah, that's the Feliciana crowd, isn't it, it rang a bell it had changed from total fan ownership.

Apologies, I live in Ireland and only really follow their results.

A far cry from going to every home game as a nipper at Loakes Park.
 

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why not if the fan owner is a trillionaire and is willing to put all his wealth into the club :LOL::p:cautious:
 

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Yes, and let hank control everything, just because i want to see the world burn!
 

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Did you ever advocate the statement 'just pay whatever it fucking takes!!!' for the potential transfer of James McCarthy?

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nickspurs

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The transfer committee discussion would basically resemble the ITK discussion forum. We‘d win the league in the first season. Obvs.
 

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Trying to picture @Archibald&Crooks running the club. We’d have half the season ticket holders banned before Christmas :LOL:

@Houdini would liven up the club shop with some ‘special interest’ club merchandise while @bomberH would be giving away tickets to any/all beautiful women.
 

Gb160

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Fans are morons.
We'd have a new manager every other week.
 

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Trying to picture @Archibald&Crooks running the club. We’d have half the season ticket holders banned before Christmas :LOL:

@Houdini would liven up the club shop with some ‘special interest’ club merchandise while @bomberH would be giving away tickets to any/all beautiful women.
They’ll be a new ‘Adult’ section of the Spurs shop available under A&C
 

Vinny_Sammways_left_peg

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Fans are morons.
We'd have a new manager every other week.
Yeah, but we'd all be quoting old quotes, shouting 'to dare is to do' and reminding ourselves we won't be doing a Leeds because we spent that extra 8 million to buy Ross Barkley ... We'd be fine.
 

'O Zio

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I'm strongly against the idea of some sort of weird fan-only ownership and people voting on team selections or whatever, that's just never going to work.

Some sort of German style 50+1 rule would be a good thing though IMO. It would keep clubs/owners at least somewhat accountable and would help prevent clubs from becoming dangerously dependent on a single person.
 

'O Zio

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There are exceptions though

Bayer Leverkusen - Bayer majority owned
Wolfsburg - VW majority owned
RB Leipzig - Red Bull 100% owned, either directly or by directors that work for Red Bull.
Hoffenheim, founder of SAP owned, and those latter 2 have caused of lot of resentment there
Indeed they are, but all the "fan members" of the club are also members of the Board of Red Bull, meaning in effect they 100% control the club.
There are exceptions to Bayer and Wolfsburg for historical reasons due to the teams being inextricably linked to the two companies. That's completely different to a Man City/Chelsea type situation for example. The Hopp/Hoffenheim one should never have been allowed IMO, to me there's no legitimate argument for letting that slide.

Leipzig as you say technically are adhering to the rules but through a crafty loop hole. I reckon a solution to that would be something like a minimum number of memberships that you could "cap" it at. What they've done just wouldn't be feasable if there was a minimum membership cap of 5k or something.

Anyway, my point is k reckon overall it's a better system, even if there are a few anomalies. We could solve the Bayer/Wolfsburg situation by just not letting anyone get "grandfathered in" like they were, and be stricter about the likes of the Hoffenheim/Leipzig loopholes. I think especially in the aftermath of the current crisis, we need to seriously take a long hard look at the absolutely idiotic way that top-level football clubs are run and some kind of 50+1 style rule is one method that is worth considering at least.
 

Archibald&Crooks

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Isn't Levy a fan? The club couldn't possibly be in better hands than with a fan :cautious:

Be careful what you wish for, grass/greener and Leeds.
 
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