The Co-Founder of the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) believes that “radical” change is needed at the top of Scottish football to help the game.
Paul Goodwin ran the campaign to buy Stirling Albion and then ran the club for 18-month spell when they were bought over by their fans in 2010. As well as doing some consultancy work for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and marketing for other organisations.
He said: “ The SFSA is a movement for change. We are just at the start of it and the interaction with our volunteers and members help drive us on. We believe that Scottish football has to reinvent itself. As fans we need better governance and transparency. Sadly the structures in place have meant the game in Scotland is like a cartel.
“If Celtic or Rangers don’t want something to happen they can block it. We would like to see a system in place like they have in Germany where every club in the league has equal voting status/ We also hope one day every club and the SFA can have proper supporter representation. Goodwin was previously involved with the London run Supporters Direct before the SFSA was set up and described the new organisation as being a Scottish operation, run by fans for fans. Supporters Direct has a branch office in Scotland and works for the SFA and only represents supporters trusts.
The SFSA has introduced the Scottish football supporters’ awards to give fans an opportunity to choose their winners with voting closing on the 12th of December.
He said: “Journalists, managers and players have their awards. But no one ever has actually asked the fans what they think. Towards the end of December, we will make these awards and look for a fan of the year. Like a young kid who has visited all the grounds in Scotland. Something good should be applauded by the game.”
Now the SFSA looks to push on and continue to get the supporters’ voices heard and improve the game in this country.
You can vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9LMWNTM
Thanks to Paul Goodwin for taking some time out to talk to me. Hope you enjoy reading this post.