Chairman Al Fayed to help smaller clubs
last updated Monday 21st May 2001, 6:48 PM
Fulham Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has revealed
that he will use his new role as a Premiership chairman to try and help
Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed
The Craven Cottage supremo wants to see more money filter down to the lower
leagues and will attempt to enlist the help of other chairmen to help him
in his quest.
"I will go to as many Premiership meetings as possible," said
"I will be new blood around the place and I intend to make my mark
in the chairman's office in the way Fulham have on the pitch.
"There are billions coming into the game through TV but not enough
money is passed down.
"There needs to be real encouragement for the big boys of the game
to help others who are struggling.
"More financial aid should be given to the First, Second and Third
Division clubs because they are the fabric of our national game.
Al Fayed took charge of Fulham shortly after their promotion from the third
division and knows what it takes to thrive in the football world adding:
"There must be around 80 per cent of lower-league clubs who struggle
to make ends meet and who are begging for hand-outs, just like Fulham in
the past. If I had not rescued Fulham then they could have closed.
"This is the game of the masses, a game for ordinary people, not just
the rich, and I think that some of the Premiership chairmen should realise
"That is why I intend to enlist the support of other chairmen to help
the smaller clubs."
Source fulham fc
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