Stable Management And The Conference

An interesting article by David Conn in The Guardian yesterday highlighted steps being taken by the Football Conference to limit the boom and bust culture which has blighted the league over the last few seasons. They have lost Scarborough, Canvey Island, Halifax Town and Boston United in recent years, and drastic measures have been put in place by a league that is keen not to be seen in the wider press as the home of some financial basket cases. These moves are most welcome, as they seek to force a more responsible form of management upon its member clubs, yet the suspicion remains that life in the Blue Square Premier is still not as rosy as some might want us to believe. The league is currently headed by Crawley Town, a club whose financial misdeeds have been much reported over the last two or three years, but it is the goings on at two other clubs, Oxford United and Grays Athletic, that are causing alarm bells to ring, with the possibility of one or both of these clubs being unable to continue in anything like the medium to long term being a very real one. Both are clubs that have spent heavily since entering the Conference from very different routes, and both provide distinct warnings to others that seek to takeĀ  the “spend, spend, spend” route to what is...

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