Former England coach Roy Hodgeson joined as a final member of the long-awaited UK government fan-led football review panel, which also includes former players and coaches, current administrators, representatives from outside the league and from the Women’s Football.
The 73-year-old coach had announced his retirement from football management after working with crystal Palace for four years in the Premier league. Leaving his post, he subsequently joined as the 10th member of the panel, which will be led by Conservative MP and former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch to conduct a fan-led review of English football.
In announcing Hodgson’s participation, Oliver Dowden, the Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “I am delighted that Roy Hodgson has joined our panel of experts to help shape the future of football.”
Dowden further added that the former coach’s experience and knowledge of the game would be a asset to the team. The panel installation was promised by the UK government but stepped up to implement quickly after it was revealed that the ‘big six’ Premier League clubs were associated with the European Super League plan. Following the announcement of the ESL, the government introduced a manifest commitment to carry out an investigation after the formation and sudden collapse of the failed tournament led by Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez.
In addition to Hodgson, other notable panel members will include Denise Barrett-Baxendale, CEO of Everton; Dawn Airey, president of the FA Women’s Super League; former Burnley player and former director of the Clarke Carlisle Professional Footballers Association, and fellow conservative Daniel Finkelstein.
The terms of reference for the review will mainly cover all four aspects: possible changes in club ownership models; the broader issue of football governance; the financing of sport; and how to give fans a bigger role, all of which will also reflect the opinions of what the fans think. In addition, they will also consider the formation of an independent football regulator, as there is a growing demand in England.