Macclesfield Town: Richard Pattrick calls on the EFL to do more to protect clubs from poor ownership

Silkmen Supporters’ Trust member Richard Pattrick has called on the EFL “to do more” to protect clubs from poor ownership.

Macclesfield Town have plummeted into a perilous financial position under owner Amar Alkadhi.

Alkadhi lives in Ibiza and has not attended a single game at Moss Rose this season.  

Bury FC suffered expulsion from the EFL on August 27 and Pattrick feels the EFL should’ve reacted sooner to the trouble facing Macclesfield too.

“They only became interested when the players went on strike in autumn,” Pattrick said.

He added: “It looked as though we might not finish our fixtures and that would’ve been a disaster because they’d already lost Bury.

“The last thing they want is to lose another team halfway through the season but until then they didn’t seem bothered.”

Pattrick worked as a voluntary commentator for the club for eleven years until quitting at the end of last season.

As a key member of the Silkmen Supporters’ Trust, Pattrick has been involved in setting up a relief fund to help those affected during their financial crisis.  

However, he believes it’s going be difficult to oust Alkadhi from his position due to the power he exerts over the club.

“Grabbing that power from them is going to be very difficult,” he said. “Like many parts of football, all the way from FIFA downwards, we have these people at the top of football who just don’t want to give up any power.

“It took 20 years to get rid of Blatter from FIFA. They don’t want to be constrained by anything and the EFL is basically an owners club.

“The owners send their representatives or they go to the meetings and the fans come second.”

Macclesfield have been deducted a further seven points by the EFL – following a previous four-point deduction in December.

The Silkmen also had a winding up order against them adjourned for the tenth time in January and they are just three points above League Two basement side Stevenage.

Alkadhi has placed the club up for sale and a takeover bid from local businessman Joe Sealey offered a potential light at the end of the tunnel for Macclesfield.

MACCLESFIELD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: A protest sign aimed at Amar Alkadhi the owner of Macclesfield Town is seen during the FA Cup First Round match between Macclesfield Town and Kingstonian at Moss Rose Ground on November 10, 2019 in Macclesfield, England. (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

However, Pattrick has claimed that Sealey has pulled out his bid to purchase the club and believes Alkadhi has been given the licence to run the club into the ground.

Pattrick said: “The EFL seem totally impotent or unwilling to deal with bad ownership. So people like Alkadhi are able to hold onto clubs.

“It’s the club, players, fan and employees that suffer, not the owner, but the EFL doesn’t seem to have a way of dealing with them.

“So the EFL needs in its governance to have a system where they do health checks, maybe three yearly reviews which involved representatives from the PFA, employees and fans.”

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