Own­er­sneed to pon­der their fu­ture

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EV­ERY club has an owner – and it’s fair to say some are more pop­u­lar than oth­ers. Or, to put it another way, some are more un­pop­u­lar than oth­ers. It makes you ask the ques­tion some­times as to why peo­ple de­cide to take over clubs.

Perhaps it’s for fi­nan­cial gain, though that is rarely the end re­sult, maybe it’s for pres­tige or pub­lic­ity. Perhaps in some cases there is a feel­ing of want­ing to give back to the com­mu­nity you’re from.

How­ever, there is no doubt that some own­ers make a mess of run­ning a club. Fans of Coven­try City no doubt feel that way this week­end af­ter see­ing their club rel­e­gated to the fourth tier for the first time since 1959.

When own­ers SISU took the reins in 2007, the Sky Blues were in the Cham­pi­onship, but they have now dropped two lev­els and face an un­cer­tain fu­ture.

Win­ning the Check­a­trade Tro­phy a cou­ple of weeks ago was a mo­men­tary respite and shows how much po­ten­tial the club have.

Ley­ton Ori­ent fans must also be ask­ing why Francesco Bec­chetti ever got in­volved with their club three years ago. It has all been down­hill ever since and their rel­e­ga­tion out of the EFL could be sealed to­mor­row when they host Hartle­pool.

From be­ing within a whisker of the Cham­pi­onship be­fore the Ital­ian busi­ness­man took over, the O’s are now on the brink.

The club face a wind­ing up pe­ti­tion in June and staff have had to wait to re­ceive their salaries.

Charl­ton are another club where the trust be­tween owner and fans has com­pletely bro­ken down.

When that hap­pens, there is usu­ally no way back – and a clean break is best for all con­cerned. That way, the own­ers, who may well have had good in­ten­tions at the outset, can at least de­part with a lit­tle bit of dig­nity, and al­low the com­mu­ni­ties they’ve hurt so much to be­gin the long jour­ney back.

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