Fans’ community website MyFootballClub has agreed a deal to take over Blue Square Premier team Ebbsfleet United (formerly Gravesend and Northfleet). The 20,000 MyFootballClub members have each paid £35 to provide a £700,000 takeover pot and they will all own an equal share in the club.

But as well as having a role with key decisions the members will have a vote on transfers and player selection. After the takeover goes through the current board will stay in place, as will manager Liam Daish, although his title will change to head coach. Daish insisted that he was happy for fans to have an input on team matters:

“Picking 11 players and formations isn’t a precise science and luck often plays its part … During and after matches, Ebbsfleet supporters often give me their opinion on which players should or shouldn’t start games. Now they can have their say. My job won’t change that much. As a club, we’ll select the starting 11 players and formation together. But just as before, what goes on at the training ground and in the dressing room on the day of the match is down to me. It’s the supporters’ money that finances this club and pays my wages and those of the players. So there’s a good argument for them having a say in what players they want to see.”

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