Former FA chief: New ownership model is needed – and Palios is showing the way with impressive growth at Tranmere

6 June 2019

Mark Palios showing the way in Tranmere
Photo: Getty Images Former FA chief: New ownership model is needed – and Palios is showing the way with impressive growth at Tranmere

Ex-FA chief executive says ‘fit and proper’ regulations are “not fit for purpose”.

Palios is building a strong partnership with his local council – and says others should do the same.

Mark Palios is not the first executive in English football to bemoan the ineffectiveness of the ‘fit and proper’ test for prospective club owners.

However, where Palios – the former Football Association chief executive, now chairman and owner of Tranmere Rivers – does stand out is for the experimental ownership model which he is hoping to put in place one day at Prenton Park, which could potentially help other clubs avoid the fate of “cowboy” owners such as Ken Anderson at Bolton Wanderers.

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