Profile: The former sports minister and the chance to shape the future of English football

7 June 2021

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Photo: Alamy On Monday 19 April, the day after the Super League plot was revealed, the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the independent review to “explore ways of improving the governance, ownership and financial sustainability of clubs in English football, building on the strengths of the football pyramid.” Tracey Crouch was announced as chair.

Despite the incongruous title, the UK government’s “fan led” review into football governance promises to tackle pertinent issues facing English football with initial recommendations expected next month.

Former sports minister Tracey Crouch has drawn respect for principled stances and for taking on the might of the gambling industry.

UK government will need to tread a difficult path to avoid collision course with FIFA ahead of 2030 World Cup bid.

Author: “If we get it right, it could transform English football.”

James Corbett, Senior Correspondent corbett@offthepitch.com

No football country scrutinises its governance like Britain’s.

In the past four decades Lords Justice Popplewell and Justice Taylor, the Department of Culture Media and Sport select committee (in 2011 and 2016) and the Government’s 2016 Expert Working Group on Football Supporter Ownership and Engagement have all investigated the state and running of English football.

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