DCMS To Report On City Situation

28 June 2013 12:07
Reply to a letter sent to a City supporter

The following is a letter sent to a Coventry City supporter from the Department Of Media, Culture and Sport.

Thank you for your letter regarding Coventry City FC.

We are sorry that the supporters of Coventry City FC have had to face such turmoil in off

field dealings at their club over recent seasons, which, ultimately, will have an affect

throughout the Club, including performances on the pitch.

Although, as I am sure you will understand, the Minister cannot comment on the specific

points raised, the Government is concerned about instances of general financial

mismanagement, and lack of transparency in ownership, and has been urging the football

authorities to make changes to address these. The Government recognise that football

governance needs reforming and, whilst the Government has urged the football authorities

to take ownership of the governance of the game, they will look at bringing forward

legislation, if football does not make sufficient progress.


The Government welcomes the recent report from the Select Committee on football

governance which shows the will there is across Parliament for football to modernise and

change for the better. Ministers have been clear that they want the football authorities to

carry out the reforms they promised by the start of the 2013-14 season - most notably

around improved governance and diverse representation at the FA, the development of a

licensing system and greater financial transparency.


It is hoped that the FA''s proposed licensing system will address concerns around financial

Sustainability, ownership of clubs and supporter interests. There are a number of other

recent developments which will help with progress on this subject. These include the FA's,

enhanced ''Owners'' and Directors'' Test'', and professional football''s move towards adopting

the Financial Fair Play rules, which require football clubs, among other things, to introduce

more discipline and rationality in club football finances and to encourage clubs to compete

within their revenues.


The Minister continues to monitor this situation closely. Now that the Select Committee has

concluded its deliberations, the Department is currently considering their report and will respond in due course.


Yours Sincerely


Ministerial Response Team

Department for Culture, Media and Sport.



Source: Coventry MAD


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