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An Uncomfortable Truth
at 10:58:16

I have done some research on the Marcus Evans takeover and written a number of blogs over the years. My view has always been that the club would be better off in the long term if it reverts to the traditional model of local ownership and control.

We have perhaps 20,000 core fans who would be prepared to pay for lifelong membership rights. Some would have considerable financial resources and others relatively little. If the average amount contributed was £1,000, it would mean £20 million in total. Marcus Evans has rolled the dice a few times without a Premiership payoff. You put this to him: here is £20 million and if in the next 10 years ITFC wins promotion to the Premier League you will be paid another £20 million. There’s more than a fair chance he would take it.

ITFC members would then elect a board of directors. It doesn’t matter where they come from - business, the professions, government or an NGO. What matters is they have a record of achievement and are true fans. The board would appoint a skilled CEO supported by high quality specialists in finance, administration and marketing. With a strong and representative board, a competent day-to-day executive team, a progressive first team manager and an engaged fan base the club would be transformed.

This is not pie in the sky stuff. All it takes is for one individual with the time and energy to get the ball rolling.

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