Dr Dan: Fans could have power to 'shut down' Liverpool board after 'ground-breaking' news
Supporters could soon have the power to “shut down” the Liverpool board when it comes to constitutional matters.
So says finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively about the latest news out of Anfield.
The Liverpool Echo reported on 28 November that supporters’ trust Spirit of Shankly are on the cusp of a deal to secure greater boardroom power.
As quoted by the Echo, Spirit of Shankly chief Joe Blott hailed the arrangement as “ground-breaking”.
New rules would require FSG to have the consent of fans before attempting to leave and join competitions or try to move away from Anfield.
The negotiations coincide with the release of the fan-led review into football, which advocates mechanisms for greater fan representation.
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Plumley explained Liverpool’s potential new arrangement and outlined the structural challenges it could pose.
“I think it’s sort of an insurance policy,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“It was clear that the review was going to focus on things like this, and rightly so.
“Shadow boards and golden shares give the fans the knowledge that they can shut things down at the source.
“The flip side and where you can see some challenges is that, from an ownership point of view, it’s not very attractive.
“It means they can be blocked on certain things. It will be an interesting dynamic to see how that one plays out in practice.
“The natural way to do this is through supporters’ trusts. Not every club has a supporters’ trust the size of Spirit of Shankly, so that’s another hurdle.
“The challenge is how great is fan representation on the board and how does that relate to the size of the supporters’ trust.
“Some of these organisations are really big. If you put 10 of them in a room together, they might not agree on everything.
“Constitutionally, they’ll have to iron out how that’s going to work.”
Liverpool were one of six Premier League teams to join and promptly quit the ill-fated Super League back in April.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently 3rd in the league table after 13 matches.