Katrien Meire's achievements at The Valley have been recognised by her appointment to the FA Council as a representative of the English Football League: Status upgraded
I have to say that I was initially very surprised by this news to say the least, but it has to be remembered that the FA is not there to represent fans but to act as a governing regulatory body for the game. No doubt our chief executive has networked very effectively.
According to former pitch announcer Dave Lockwood it was a case of no one else from the Football League wanting to do it. Apparently, there are still four vacancies.
Her appointment also serves the cause of diversity. I initially welcomed the appointment of a female chief executive because the game is still very male dominated, but her conduct has done nothing to help that cause.
Interesting commentary on the appointment here from the Non-League Oracle: Appointment
Whilst the statement made in the article that 'without fans football is nothing' is right in principle, fans provide a declining proportion of the income stream, particularly in the Premier League, and the share contributed by overseas television viewers is constantly increasing.
At least I am top of the West Sussex CASC 'Badger' predictions league, having forecast a 2-0 defeat at Bury. My overall season prediction is 19th.