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Malky Mackay Decision Delay Demonstrates Supporters Power is Thankfully On The Rise

The power of supporters was realized Monday as Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan appeared to soften his stance towards Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay. From South Wales to the banks of the Humber Estuary in Kingston-Upon-Hull, supporters strong stand has forced the FA and Premier League to consider their feelings instead of simply rubber stamping the wishes of Hull City AFC owner Assem Allam.

On Friday, The Guardian’s David Conn lamented that as Mackay, Allam and other foreign owners “wreaked havoc” on the sport, English football has stood still. To an extent this is true, but the increased power and voice of supporters has forced the owners and the sport of English football itself to back down.

The power of supporters is something that fans have spoken about for years but in two vivid examples this past week we have seen owners or officials stall on impending decisions thanks to the vocal protests of those who love the game.

Perhaps these decisions have simply been delayed and the undesirable judgments are yet to come. But during this festive period, the influence of those who love their clubs and have toiled as supporters in the lower tiers of English football have made a mark on the proceedings.

This is something everyone who truly loves soccer can take pride in.  As the New Year approaches, countless opportunities will come for fans to stand strong for soccer against those seek to profit from the sport and whose ownership of clubs may simply be vanity projects. It is critical supporters stand strong against the excesses of those in football who do not respect the history, the tradition and the soul of the English game.

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  1. Smokey Bacon

    December 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I agree with you.

    Wow, that felt weird!

  2. Pakapala

    December 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Sad to see Kartik singing the xenophobia tune of “bad foreign owners” too. The 2 owners you cited couldn’t be any more different in term of them being foreign to English football community. While Tan is, the Hull owner is an example of local owner who lives in the community and bought the club of the town he’s been so intimately involved in. To lump them together just to stoke fire under the inaccurate yet prevalent point made by so many media pundits and fans in the UK about foreign owners is a disgrace. As writers and pundits you have a responsibility to stir fans away from such xenophobic tendencies.

    What’s wrong with just stating an owner is ruining a certain club, without noting that he’s foreign? Does Newcastle have a foreign owner? Leeds? Crystal Palace? Portsmouth? Rangers (Scotland)? Are those cases of foreign owners out of touch with the fabric of british football?

  3. IanCransonsKnees

    December 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I’d argue the power of Tan and Allam would outweigh that of the supporters if they walked away and called in their loans. Take a look at Portsmouth following their procession of foreign oligarch owners.

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