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Roy Hodgson joins expert panel for government’s fan-led review of football in wake of Super League

Roy Hodgson is the latest name to be announced to join an expert panel 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.

Hodgson managed his last game for Crystal Palace in the Eagles’ final game of the season, a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, on Sunday.

Roy Hodgson has joined a panel for the government’s fan-led review of football

Clarke Carlisle (left) is also part of the panel into football following the failed European Super League with Tracey Crouch the chair

His first step out of management has been confirmed, with the first meeting of the new panel taking place on Monday. 

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: ‘I am delighted that Roy Hodgson has joined our expert panel to help shape the future of football. 

‘Roy has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game, and has managed teams at the highest level across Europe. 

‘I know fans will be eager to share their views with him as a highly respected figure in the game.’

The meeting starts a busy period for the chair of the fan-led review Crouch.

On Tuesday, she will hold meeting with fans of Bury and Arsenal before holding a discussion with representatives of the Football Supporters’ Association.   

She will then hold further meetings in the coming weeks and months with fans from more clubs from across the country as well as with supporter networks from different leagues in the football pyramid. 

The failed breakaway league by the country’s biggest clubs was met with many fan protests

Then a formal consultation seeking views on any proposals will be issued to make sure everyone’s voice is heard. 

Former defender and ex-chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association Clarke Carlisle is also on the panel, 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.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden says panel’s job will be to ensure fans at at heart of reforms 

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.’ 

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.

Hodgson, 73, has not decided whether to retire but over his career has managed 16 clubs and four senior national teams in eight countries across 45 years.   

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