Would a fans representative have allowed the club to put itself in the current financial crisis, relying on money not certain to be paid and spending it before it was received?
Since the ITV Digital collapse, there has been a certain realisation amongst many clubs that they had been papering over the cracks for a while, and that it is time to look at new ways to gain funds, interact locally, and put the club on a firmer footing. A lot would depend on the skills of the Director elected, and the respect they commanded from fellow board members. You can imagine a ‘Twelve Angry Men’ situation where a Fan director makes a superb case and changes a lot of people’s minds. The key is to make sure the Director is seen as a constructive player in the life of the club, and not someone who is simply there to object when required. The Director should always have their feet on the ground and be aware of fans’ views – be in touch with Officers of the Trust, fanzine editors, website webmasters and so on, so they know what the prevailing view is. If there was uproar about an issue, the ability to represent that view forcefully and articulately could be a big factor in the Boa