When asked by The Gazette if a 12-point deduction is likely to apply in Blackpool’s case, a spokesperson for the EFL said:
“The position on this matter is until the EFL receives full details, we are not in a position to comment.”
The EFL instead referred The Gazette to the relevant rules regarding insolvency, which states:
“If any club becomes subject to or suffers an insolvency event, that club shall be deducted 12 points.”
You are probably way more informed than me on this legal maze. The phrase "an insolvency event" gives it plenty of breadth though. I honestly don't know where this is heading.
My gut tells me the weasel will manage to buy more time and the only people smiling will be the solicitors.
seasider wrote:I've read on Twitter that the receiver will contest the 12 point deduction if it happens.A points reduction will lower the value of assets
At least it will make the end of season interesting. Love a good relegation battle.
It's a shame for the players and manager but I would hazard a guess that even McPhillips would accept it if it meant playing in front of bigger crowds.
From the "letter of the law" it looks to a non-solicitor (but who has written and deals with contracts and legalese semi- often) like it probably WILL apply...
It's quite broad... applies to any club which has a receiver "appointed over any assets which, in the opinion of the Board is material to the Club’s ability to fulfil its obligations as a Member Club" - the reasons why don't seem to matter at all.
If anyone is interested the relevant bits are a bit halfway down this page (search "insolvency" to find it):
And then section 12.3 here:
seasider wrote:What makes you say that?Optimism.
Now @EFL should show some common-sense and compassion and not deduct #Blackpool any points. Oystons damaged the club so let the damage end now. Be wrong and counter-productive to punish the brilliant fans who have campaigned to keep their great club alive. #OystonFreeBFC— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) February 13, 2019
Just read this on the BBC. Surely they need to deal with it before their next meeting the lazy gits.
The EFL said in a statement that they will "consider the matter" at their next meeting on 6 March.
😀 You'll confuse him.
“I believe this was an inevitable decision and is welcomed not least by many of our constituents and supporters of the club,” Marsden said of the club entering receivership.
“Fans now hope this can be the beginning of a new chapter for the club.
“I know from my frequent meetings with the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust (BST) and the range of other conversations around the town in recent years, how much the situation at Bloomfield Road has caused much anguish and sadness to so many people and continues to do so.
“You may remember that I previously wrote last March to your former chairman Ian Lenagan about the crisis that the divisions between the club’s owners and Blackpool supporters had created, including the sustained boycott at Bloomfield Road, which is of course in my constituency.
“We have been told that the EFL board will now be discussing the implications of the receivership decision at their next board meeting on March 6.
“It has been said that the EFL may have discretion on the issue of whether to deduct points from the club or not. I want now therefore strongly to urge the EFL not to deduct 12 points off Blackpool as a result of the receivership decision.
“It would be seen as an unhelpful act, not just by the Blackpool supporters, but also for the club’s hard working manager Terry McPhillips, his coaching staff and the Blackpool FC players, who have done an excellent job in League One this season against the legal backdrop, and indeed would be received with great disappointment across the town.
“It is my understanding that such a penalty has previously only been considered in a situation where a club and its owners had benefitted unfairly from the way it has been run over the last few seasons. Could Pool's stayaway supporters make a return to Bloomfield Road?
“I would echo the comments made by Christine Seddon, the chair of the Supporters’ Trust, that this has not been the case at Blackpool, where arguably the very opposite has been the case.
“It is very different to other league clubs like Portsmouth who had points deducted from them because they went into administration as a result of overspending.
“Blackpool has a rich footballing pedigree with the iconic careers of players such as Stanley Matthews and Jimmy Armfield and that legacy roots the club in it’s our local communities.
“I urge you strongly, as the receivers get to work and there is much hope in the town for a brighter future at Bloomfield Road, not to handicap and add further to Blackpool FC’s burdens by deducting points in the formula suggested.
“Points deducted at this time could potentially jeopardize the club’s League One status, which Terry McPhillips and his players have worked so hard to maintain.”
Could be some legs in that:
- Enough to 'punish' us so they are seen to be enforcing their rules
- Not enough to relegate us so they know there will be no backlash.
Accrington Stanley's chairman view on the points deduction...
Deducting points would be a serious mistake by the @EFL— Andyh (@AndyhHolt) February 13, 2019
If they were going to deduct points it should have been in Oyston’s reign as punishment for his mismanagement and ill treatment of supporters.
There seems to be resolution, it would be illogical to punish now.
Decent piece from Chris Dunlavy in today's Football league Paper (albeit with a few inaccuracies):
As Oyston exits,EFL need to show mercy
"Owen Oyston's demise at Blackpool was swift, brutal and ruthlessly executed. No victory has ever tasted sweeter to England's most long-suffering supporters.
Ten years of neglect. Ten years of contempt. Ten years of petty litigation, puerile insults and shameless profiteering. All over in the time it takes to say 'You're fired'.
If only those supporters could have seen the 85-year-old's face when Blackpool's receivers kicked him out.
For the last decade, Oyston and his family ran the club as a cash cow and fiefdom, suing anybody who dared to criticise.
Even fans weren't immune. Just ask Frank Knight, the hard-up pensioner who was ordered to pay £20,000 over comments posted on Facebook. Thankfully a crowd-funding appeal covered the damage.
On the pitch, a succession of managers were handed budgets barely sufficient to fund a Sunday League side.
At one stage, former manager Gary Bowyer grew so dismayed at the state of Blackpool's training ground that he personally paid to hire a site in Preston.
Despite the protests, the relegations, the dwindling sponsorship, Oyston clung on, protected by the body-guards he hired to repel irate supporters and the impotence of EFL ownership regulations to remove him from post. He seemed untouchable.
But in November 2017, the shield evaporated. Sued for unfair prejudice by minority shareholder Valeri Belokon, a High Court judge publicly accused Oyston of 'illegitimately stripping' the club following promotion to the Premier League in 2009.
Some £26.7m was paid into businesses affiliated with the Oyston family - payments described by the judge as 'disguised dividends'.
Oyston was ordered to buy Belokon out for £31m. When he didn't, the courts appointed receivers to sell the club. Now, 31 years after he first seized control, the pimp-a-like tyrant is gone.
It is hard to overstate just what a joyous moment this is for Blackpool. With Oyston at the helm, the club was an abandoned ship, doomed to a bleak and ruinous drift before eventually crumbling to driftwood.
Whatever happens, the prevailing feeling amongst supporters is that any new owner cannot be worse - a case of anyone but the devil you know.
They are probably right, but a little circumspection wouldn't hurt.For a start, Receivers David Rubin & Partners have already hinted that the largest offer will be the most successful. Their goal, after all, is to get Belokon's money back.
Nevertheless, they have a moral and ethical duty to act in the interests of the club and their supporters.
The EFL, too, must use what limited discretion they have under the owners and directors' test to steer the club towards a suitable custodian. Finally, it is incumbent on Shaun Harvey and his board to waive the 12-point penalty normally imposed on clubs who enter receivership.
A points penalty is designed to mitigate against any competitive advantage a club gains by writing off debts - think Plymouth paying creditors less than 1p in the pound.
Yet it is Oyston himself who owes money to Belokon, not the football club. Other than ridding themselves of a parasitical owner, Blackpool aren't gaining any advantage, nor welching on any debts.
Receivership was a means to an end - an end that both the EFL and the wider football fraternity desired.
To dock points now would be tantamount to giving Oyston one last spiteful victory - and nobody should grant him that."