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Commentary on the management of over 160 English football clubs by Dr John Beech, winner of the FSF Writer of the Year Award 2009/10 Twitter: @JohnBeech Curator of! Football Finance

Chester City latest

Posted by John Beech on August 6, 2009

Chester City will play in the Conference in the upcoming season, but with a further 15 points deducted, in addition to the 10 for going into Administration (1).

This immediately suggests comparison with the 15 points deducted from Leeds United, where Ken Bates bought the club back from the Administrator, and the 10+20 points deducted from Luton Town.

If Chester follow the path of Luton Town, this second punishment will lead to the club playing in the Conference North in 2010/11.

Yet again, the club is receiving a double punishment which impinges seriously on the club’s future sporting performance, instead of punishing the director(s) responsible for the financial problems of the club. The only word for this is ‘ludicrous’. In the case of Luton it was ludicrous because the directors responsible were no longer in charge of the club. In the case of Chester it is ludicrous because the person who should bear the responsibility is still in place.

Yet again, clubs suffer because an effective fit-and-proper-persons test is not in place. When exactly is the lesson going to be learned?

[See also Luton Town and an unfair disadvantage]


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