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Newcastle United to be managed by fans

‘Supporters Direct’, the national umbrella organisation for Supporters Trusts including NUST have launched proposals for football club licensing as MPs of all parties back the SD proposals "Putting Fans At Heart Of Newcastle United".

These plans would lead to supporters trusts having the right to be involved in the governance of their clubs.

Supporters Direct today launched its proposals for football club licensing in an event held at Parliament, and hosted by Jessica Lee, Conservative MP for Erewash.

In attendance were Simon Hughes, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tom Greatrex, MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West and William Gaillard, Advisor to the President, UEFA.

The proposals particularly focus on integrating supporters’ trusts into the governance of their clubs, and Lee talked about the “real momentum” behind the proposals and paying credit to the work of SD at her hometown club, Ilkeston FC.

Simon Hughes described the proposals as coming at a time of “A fantastic window of opportunity”, when bankers bonuses and other such issues of openness and fairness are at the top of the political agenda. He also described the public as being in a “mood” for change, and vowed to keep “pushing the idea forward”.

William Gaillard talked about the journey UEFA have taken towards licensing, including the introduction of Financial Fairplay, part of the new UEFA licensing criteria.

At least 30 MPs from all parties attended.

Brian Burgess, Acting Chief Executive of SD, explained

“We have laid down what we consider to be sensible, considered proposals, that provide a formal route for supporters’ trusts to earn the right to be involved in the governance of their clubs in a constructive fashion. Today is evidence that we have wide-scale, cross-party support for a set of proposals that will actively enhance the relationship between supporters’ trusts, clubs and their communities”.

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