Blackpool Supporters Trust are calling for the EFL’s Chairman Ian Lenagan and Chief Executive Sean Harvey to step down, unless they implement immediate reforms to protect clubs from financial mismanagement.
A petition is due to be launched on Saturday 3rd February, describing the EFL as “not fit for purpose” in an attempt to force action.
BST Chair Christine Seddon exclusively told talkSPORT: “If they don’t take this on board and do something constructive then absolutely [they should resign].
“We’ve given them opportunity after opportunity to engage with us, but they are trying to shut us out.”
Angry Blackpool fans are still boycotting matches at Bloomfield Road in protest at the owership of the Oyston family.
In November 2017 the high court ruled that Owen Oyston and his son Karl Oyston had carried out an “illegitimate stripping” of the club by paying £26.77m of Blackpool FC’s money to other companies they owned.
Ms Seddon added: “The English Football League is not fit for purpose because of their continued failure to address the many issues that face football clubs when rogue owners are allowed to operate uncontrolled.”
Leyton Orient, Charlton, Coventry and Blackburn have all experienced difficulties between fans and owners, and Blackpool Supporters Trust insist many clubs across the country are at risk if the EFL do not act.
Their frustration has now reached boiling point following an email exchange seen by talkSPORT.
On 23rd December 2017 Ms Seddon wrote the following to Ian Lenagan: “The measures put in place so far have been woefully inadequate and the general feeling amongst fans is that the EFL simply do not ‘get it’.
“If current rules do not allow the EFL to take robust, effective action against rogue owners then it is time to get some new rules.”
The EFL’s position is that it is a simly a competition, which can only operate within the bounds of rules provided by the clubs within it, including Blackpool FC.
BST insist that this amounts to the clubs regulating themselves – a scenario that fails supporters when a rogue owner is in place.
Ms Seddon received a reply on 26 January 2018, not from Mr Lenagan but from a member of the EFL’s Supporter Services Department.
This noted that at a recent ‘dialogue meeting’, the views of BST had prompted “a discussion about various matters relating to Club ownership during which we updated the group on EFL’s strategic review of the conduct of owners…which EFL instigated at the start of the 2017-2018 season.
“At this stage, it is obviously too early to speculate on what the outcome of the review will be…”
In an email sent today (2nd February) Ms Seddon responds: “Vague assurances about feeding our ideas into an opaque process that will not deliver conclusions until the summer…really is not good enough.”
Addressing her reply to Mr Lenagan personally, she explains that the EFL’s stance “is not likely, in our view, to deliver any challenging conclusions that allow you to improve the manner in which the English game works.
talkSPORT has requested a response from the EFL.
On Friday 2nd February it was announced that Karl Oyston had been replaced by his sister Natalie Christopher on the Blackpool board. BST believes this to be evidence that their father Owen Oyston is attempting to hang on to the club despite the recent legal ruling.