Blues Trust – Supporters’ Forum 27th February 2018
Blues Trust will be represented at the quarterly Supporters’ Forum today (Tuesday 27th February), which is the Club’s chosen method of meeting with its fans to satisfy its minimum engagement requirement.
It may interest supporters to know that English Football League (‘EFL’) legislation around supporter engagement (‘Rule 112’) stipulates that the minimum standard expected of League members is that “…..clubs must be represented by the majority owner, board directors or senior executive management” at two supporters’ meetings a year. It is also expected that they must be willing to discuss “matters of a strategic nature”, as per the Government’s Expert Working Group guidance.
To date, no senior executive member of the Birmingham City board has been present at the meetings and, despite our repeated efforts, there has been no opportunity to discuss matters significant to the strategic future of the Club.
The following questions were submitted in advance to the Club and we look forward to receiving clarification. We are certain that supporters will agree that these relate to significant issues which are causing much anxiety around the Club, and thus that each deserves a comprehensive and satisfactory response.
- We did not need any additions to the squad
- The people at the club who are responsible for completing transfer deals have performed poorly (as outlined in the article in the Mirror newspaper)
- The players available would not add to the quality of the squad because the manager can only choose those represented by Darren Dein
- We have an unofficial transfer embargo from the EFL due to our financial state being outside the Financial fair play regulations
- We have recognised that we are operating outside FFP and limited our activity
- Darren Dein
- Wang Yaohui (‘Mr King’)
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If it transpires that these questions are not answered comprehensively – or even at all – then we will be looking for our fellow supporters to help us to ask them again and again, and keep asking them until we receive the answers the fans need to hear.
Finally, we would like to make it explicitly clear that the Trust remain extremely supportive of the day-to-day staff at BCFC, and would like to offer our praise and thanks for their fantastic efforts under incredibly difficult conditions. Our concern lies only with regard to the obvious difficulties at Board level which are having a detrimental effect across the entire Club.
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