We believe the proposals are realistic, workable and achievable. Most importantly, we believe they are in line with what supporters want to see happen in the game that means so much to us all. The findings of our soon-to-be-published annual survey support that belief.
The submission comes after THST was invited to submit oral evidence to the review panel, and did so in mid-June. The discussion with panel members was encouraging, and gave us confidence the issues facing the game were understood. We were also pleased to be questioned closely on the detail of our proposals, as this gave us the chance to explain context.
Our written submission contains a full version of the proposals we sent to THFC and published on this site on 22 June. The Club's initial response was to acknowledge receipt and say it would be considering all submissions alongside the findings of the Government review. We replied asking for greater clarity on what this meant. We pointed out that the absence of any plan for continued consultation did not fit with the Club's intention to liaise in order to set the standard for putting genuine representation at the heart of Club decision-making.
A further reply from the Club indicated that the original plans to put something in place before the fan-led review reported had been shelved, and that the Club would wait to see what the final recommendations from the Chair of the review were. It was suggested that we should have further conversation after Tracey Crouch issued her interim report in late July. Our door remains open to that suggestion.
The full submission is attached below. We believe the best interests of supporters and the Club will be served through proper discussion and development of these ideas, and by aiming to achieve more than any minimum standard the review sets.
13 July 2021