When it comes to football I think of myself as a bit of a nerd. I like knowing the ins and outs of the game, and while I am certainly no expert, I think I can hold my own in a pub debate, which is where the best battles are held. I also like knowing about the ins and outs of the game, the financial side of things and how other clubs operate, as well as differing methods of club ownership as shown on the continent.
If you are anything like me then you will be incredibly interested in the upcoming football governance conference that has been organised by NUST.
Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust have organised a conference on football governance and the case for fan involvement in how our football clubs are run. On 24th October, a whole host of guest speakers have been invited to give talks in various different fields relating to how our football clubs are run.
The conference will cover football finance, the difference between running a football club and running other types of business, the case for fan involvement and community ownership and a first hand look at how clubs in the Bundesliga do it.
Speakers include Sean Hamil, a Director of Birkbeck Sports Business Centre, John Hays, former vice-Chairman at Sunderland AFC and Antonia Hagemann, Head of European Development at Supporters Direct. There will also be a special guest appearance from, Jens Wagner, from Hamburg S.V. who will talk about how football clubs in Germany involve their fans in their ownership and management.
The conference will take place at Newcastle University Business School, beside St James’ Park and will be starting at 12.30pm. lasting until 4.30pm. and is free to attend. Places are limited and you must book a place in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.
I have my place booked and I am really looking forward to seeing what the various guest speakers have to say. If people are asking what are the alternatives to Mike Ashley and how can we make them work, then I would advise you to come along and listen to the people who are going to give us the answer to that, or at least provide us with a working model of how it could operate.
What do you think? Are you interested in issues pertaining to football governance? Or do you only worry about the 90 minutes on the pitch? I’d love to hear your views.