In the interests of sporting integrity and transparency, let the minutes of recent Northern Ireland Football League meetings be released into the public domain.
During the last week, we've heard of proposals, outrage, frustration, claims, counter-claims, clubs jockeying for position and side deals being done. So let the truth tell the story.
Have club rivalries and personal vendettas against those in senior positions played a part, or is it seriously a genuine concern to do what is right for the entire league and therefore talks about how to finish the season have been dragged out?
What exactly did Irish FA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson say to infuriate some clubs and have NIFL chiefs gone missing in action?
Football fans in Northern Ireland, those who pay their hard-earned cash to support the Irish League, deserve to know what has been going on with their club representatives at these meetings.
But questions have to be asked. How did Irish League football find itself in such an unedifying position? There certainly appears to be no leadership or direction from the NIFL.
Is it time to look at the structure of how the NIFL is run?
The NIFL is primarily there to make sure clubs abide by the rules, to promote the game and bring in much-needed sponsorship and revenue via other sources.
Ultimately, though, they are answerable to stakeholders, in this case the 12 senior clubs.
Some of the 12 clubs have decided they want to make up the rules as they go along, so is this system now wrong? Or is that the prospect of much-needed cash has overshadowed everything?
Football, under the NIFL, was in such a good place. We had an exciting league, the standard was continually improving, crowds were up, sponsorship had been secured and there was great television exposure in the form of Sky Sports and BBC.
But people will now look upon the Irish League as a complete farce after the last week. Of course, objections are allowed to be made, such as when two proposals from the NIFL were thrown out this week, but surely you must then be able to come up with a better alternative.
The idea that clubs now want to finish the seven games later in the year, with fans in attendance, and share all the European money between the 12 sides smacks to me of some clubs only looking out for themselves. No, I'm sorry, that doesn't wash with me.
Goodwill between the clubs may have been brutally manipulated behind the scenes.
When I stated in previous columns that the European money should be shared, it was on the condition that the league wasn't finished and it was unlikely clubs would be in a position to actually represent the Irish League on the European stage.
But if you agree to finish the league, then only those clubs who finish in the European places should be guaranteed the UEFA money.
If the season isn't completed until October, and I don't think the Irish FA will permit this, then clubs who represent the Irish League in Europe in September, after being nominated by the IFA before the August 3 UEFA deadline, should be allowed to use the money for travelling expenses and then when the season is over, the IFA can distribute the rest of the cash to those sides that finished in the European positions.
The whole point of handing out European money to the 12 clubs was if the league wasn't finished, then no team had actually earned the UEFA money due to the full season not being completed.
It would also help cover financial costs of those seven games not being played, but if somehow the matches are actually played and the season is played out in full, that changes my viewpoint on the matter.
Then you had the bizarre suggestion of reverting back to 22 games, so each club had played each other twice. You would actually remove points that have been earned, which is just ludicrous.
There appears to be a lot of self-interest at these meetings, manoeuvring to improve certain clubs and, dare I say it, people who struggle with authority.
But it's worth remembering that the NIFL was democratically selected, the Steering Group was appointed with clubs very much aware of who was on it, clubs have signed up to the NIFL and the Irish FA's regulations and, when it comes down to it, they will have to abide by the governing bodies' laws and procedures.
It may stick in the throat with some clubs, but that is the world we live in.
The Irish FA have intimated that they will not extend the 2019/20 season beyond August 3, so with the majority of clubs rejecting the two-game proposal to end the season, I put forward the Dutch model once again as the only reasonable way to conclude the campaign. Finish the league now and use the current standings to determine the first two European places, but have no side named champions or relegated.
Allow the two sides to use the UEFA money as expenses for their games in Europe, but split the rest.
The Irish FA are determined to play out the Irish Cup by August 3, so the winners who receive the third and final European place would be entitled to all their European money.
I honestly feel when the dust settles on this mess there should be an independent inquiry into this whole saga and I don't feel Irish FA CEO Patrick Nelson should be absolved from blame.
The IFA CEO should be there to unify, bridge divisions, be respected and have the nous to resolve tough and complicated matters.
I don't think it looks good for Patrick and when you combine the failings of the Irish FA under his watch during his tenure, which is now over 10 years, I think the Irish FA Board need to look long and hard as someone needs to be accountable for the shortcomings.
But first, let's have a look at those minutes…