Decision time for League pair

Alistair Grant
Tuesday 06 August 2002 00:00
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David Burns and Keith Harris will discover whether they have survived the ITV Digital disaster in a tense Football League board directors' meeting this morning.

Chief executive Burns and chairman Harris are expected to come under pressure to quit over their handling of the affair. The six other members on the panel will assess their contribution to the deal, which left the League's 72 clubs with a £131.9m shortfall in television revenue over the next two seasons. They also face a legal bill approaching £400,000 from last week's failed court case to recoup the money from ITV Digital's parent companies, Carlton and Granada.

The under-pressure pair sit on the board along with Preston's chief executive Tony Scholes and five chairmen: John Elsom (Leicester); Mike Lloyd (Walsall); Ivor Beeks (Wycombe); Peter Heard (Colchester) and Barry Hearn (Leyton Orient).

There is no formal voting structure with which the half-dozen club representatives could force Burns and Harris to stand down. The panel instead reaches decisions by discussion and the general consensus. The six men representing clubs in the First, Second and Third Divisions could put the league chiefs under pressure by all adopting the same stance.

Also on the agenda is Bradford City and their Creditors Voluntary Agreement, approved last Thursday, which plots a path out of administration for the club.

When a club come out of administration the board has to support the reinstatement of their place in the league. That is expected to be done today.

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