Under the tenure of Ron Martin, Southend United has suffered:
- Numerous winding up petitions from HMRC.
- Multiple relegations, including dropping out of the English Football League for the first time in 100 years.
- Accounts being filed late on multiple instances, and suppliers going long periods without pay, including players and staff.
- The stadium, built by the fans and donated to the club, was asset stripped from the club by Ron Martin and neglected, mothballed and allowed to fall into an unacceptable state of disrepair, with only to hard work of supporters and local tradespeople ensuring it was ready for the 2023/24 season.
We believe the experiences of Southend United fans align with those at Scunthorpe United, Reading, West Bromwich Albion and countless others over the years. We ask that the Government take this paper into account when looking into how proposed regulation may take shape and continue to monitor our current situation, as it hopefully transitions out of the ‘Martin Model’ into a fit-for-the-future ownership structure.