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Tottenham Supporters Trust have run out of patience for the club’s board for ‘clearly not acting in the best interests of the football club’ in joining the European Super League.
The damming response comes following fan protests outside their new stadium prior to the win over Southampton in Ryan Mason’s first game as boss on Wednesday.
Chairman Daniel Levy was appointed to the board way back in December 2000, and owns 29.4% of the share capital of ENIC Group – which control 85.55% of Spurs.
British billionaire Joe Lewis owns 70.6% of the investment company, but the Trust have noted that they do not want to be left in a situation with no board and no owners.
After outlining that 90% of members vote in agreement, they revealed their new stance as follows.
It says: “We call for the immediate resignation of the Executive Board of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, and for the owners to work with us to appoint a new board that has elected and accountable fan representation on it.
“That representation must make key decisions about the running of the club dependent upon fan approval, and we would expect to see that made a legal requirement across the game.”
The Trust then added: “This has been adopted as the official THST position with immediate effect. We have informed the Board of THFC of this decision.
“We await their response while continuing to work with the DCMS, Tracey Crouch MP and the Football Supporters’ Association on the fan-led review of football.
“We’ll now be turning our immediate attention to Sunday’s League Cup Final, and we would like to wish manager Ryan Mason and the entire squad every success in bringing the trophy home to N17 for the fans.”
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Levy had said on Tuesday: “We regret the anxiety and upset caused by the ESL proposal.
“We felt it was important that our club participated in the development of a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid.
“We believe that we should never stand still and that the sport should constantly review competitions and governance to ensure the game we all love continues to evolve and excite fans around the world.
“We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions.”
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