Football Review: Clarke Carlisle and Dawn Airey among nine-strong panel

The panel will canvass the views of football supporters on pertinent issues; Other panellists include Kevin Miles, the chief executive of the FSA, and Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale.

Clarke Carlisle
Image: Clarke Carlisle is a former chairman of the PFA

Nine people from across football and beyond have been announced as panel members for the Government's fan-led review of football.

The panel, which is being chaired by MP Tracey Crouch, will canvass the views of football supporters on ownership, governance and financial flows within the game and was set up following the failed launch of the European Super League.

Former defender and ex-chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association Clarke Carlisle is the most familiar name, while other panellists include Kevin Miles, the chief executive of the Football Supporters' Association, and Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale.

The panel will address the sport as a whole, and women's football is represented by Dawn Airey, the chair of the Women's Super League, and James Tedford of Chelsea Women, who is also the former secretary of Southport.

Cambridge director Godric Smith is also on the panel along with David Mahoney, the chief operating officer of the England and Wales Cricket Board, finance expert Dan Jones and journalist and football fan Danny Finkelstein.

Image: MP Tracey Crouch will chair the review

Crouch, a former Minister for Sport, said: "I am thrilled to have such a strong team with a wealth of experience across the whole ecosystem of football to help support the fan-led review.

"The fans will be at the heart of the review panel's work and I look forward to kicking off the formal meetings with fan groups and others next week."

Crouch will meet regularly with the panel and fan groups, with the final report expected in the autumn.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden
Image: Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden says the review will put fans 'in the driving seat'

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: "This expert panel brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the football family to shape the future of our national game.

"Their job will be to listen to fans and ensure their views are at the heart of reforms on governance, finance and improving day-to-day experience of supporters. Football is nothing without fans, and today we deliver on our promise to put them in the driving seat."

The panel will also assess if there is a need for an independent football regulator, which was demanded by a number of leading voices including Gary Neville, Gary Lineker and Rio Ferdinand in an open letter earlier this week.

Reacting to the announcement of the panel, an English Football League spokesman said: "The EFL looks forward to engaging with the review team in the period ahead.

"Over the past 12 months, the EFL has reiterated its clear view that achieving financial sustainability will be key for our game to survive and thrive, with healthier finances fostering more stable ownership and ultimately better relations with supporters.

"Our game's distribution model needs a fundamental reset and football must now grasp the opportunity to fix the financial imbalance that exists between the Premier League and the Championship and the wider professional game."

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