|pause for breath|
Written by basilrobbiereborn on Wednesday, 20th Feb 2019 15:51
Even by our standards, the last week or so has been momentous for Blackpool FC. It all kicked off in the High Court - where too much of our future has been determined in the last two years.
A club being placed in administration or Receivership is normally a cue for supporters to reach for the Valium. But Blackpool are no ordinary club, and for many of us this was actually the catalyst we have all craved. It was, at last, a chance to take the Oyston family out of the equation and deny them any place in the club's future.
What happens next is liable to be a daily drama for some time. The Receiver should be able to take full control of the club in the next few days, and faces a busy time. Not only do bank mandates have to be changed, there is plenty of work for the local locksmith, the accounts needs to be scrutinised, one Board of Directors have to be ushered out of the door and another appointed and - last but not least - the EFL will need some assurances about the club's ability to complete the season.
Hopefully those assurances will be reasonably easy to give. There is some comfort in that Valeri Belokon's legal representatives indicated in court that he would personally offer some security for the club through this hiatus period. This is of course an initiative based partly on the need to protect his own position. But there is a strong degree of philanthropy to it as well, which suggests that his affection for the club remains.
It does though serve to remind us that his own position re the Owners & Directors Test remains unresolved, and it is to be hoped that if he chooses to pursue his case with the EFL, that they will look at the way he has conducted himself, compare it with the behaviour of the Oystons and then ask themselves - who SHOULD we have disqualified?
It would be nice to see common sense prevail, but the EFL under Shaun Harvey have not displayed much of it, let alone the will to exercise it. He may be leaving, but he leaves behind a culture of prevarication, delay and unwillingness to tackle major problems in owner behaviour. These will not change overnight, and it seems that for BST, on the national stage at least, the fight for reform must go on.
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