Dealing with diving
There was more big news from The FA Annual General Meeting in the form of the proposed clamp down on diving. BBC Sport provided interesting insight from Scotland on how this has worked north of the border.
There has been plenty of opinion offered up about whether retrospective action will work. For me it’s a bit like ‘sin bins’, in that it is refreshing to see innovative ideas actually being implemented to make the game better. In truth, we won’t know unless we try it.
New owners bring new (or false) dawn?
The Championship survival struggle on the final day of the (regular) season was in many ways the division’s awards ceremony for the ‘best worst owner’. The beleaguered fans of Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest all chewed nails, checked phones and shuffled anxiously to see if their club, all with ‘owner issues’, could survive the ordeal.
It was about right in the end, although tragic for the Rovers’ fans, that the Venkys took the prize of the worst owner of the three.
My club, Forest, now has a new owner in place, so naturally there will be great scrutiny to see if the errors of the outgoing owners can be avoided. Marinakis has passed the EFL’s ‘fit and proper person’s test’, so we should be ok then.
Time will tell, but keeping hold of key players, especially outstanding prospects from the club’s Academy will be a great indicator of the new owner’s motives. There are noises about fan engagement, reduced ticket prices and an effective structure off the field, so the prospects look brighter at least.
Until next time.