Joel Glazer responds to fan forum demands in vaguely-worded letter



Majority shareholder of Manchester United Joel Glazer has responded as we speak to an announcement learn by followers in final Friday’s Fans’ Forum, in which demands for reform have been made to the membership’s homeowners and board.

The deadline the followers gave for a response to their letter was as we speak and Glazer has duly obliged. The letter has been despatched to all members by e mail in a membership assertion.

Glazer’s response is apologetic and in it he acknowledges that adjustments want to be made. However, he speaks of ‘dedication’ to tackle points with out going into any particular particulars of what these adjustments would possibly entail.

‘I used to be personally humbled … as you defined so clearly why our preliminary assist for the European Super League left you feeling offended and let down. I would really like to reiterate my honest apology for the errors that have been made.

‘In specific, I would like to acknowledge the necessity for change, with deeper session with you as our principal fan consultant physique throughout a spread of vital points, together with the competitions we play in.

‘We additionally recognise the significance of fan and soccer pursuits being embedded in key decision-making processes at each degree of the membership, and we’re open to constructive discussions on how to reinforce that precept.’

This latter level suggests an identical method to that of Chelsea, who just lately introduced that fan representatives can be allowed to attend board conferences, though they’d not have voting powers.

‘We recognise that we’ll want to considerably improve funding in Old Trafford and our coaching complicated to be sure that the membership’s services stay among the many greatest in Europe. As a part of this, we’ll seek the advice of with followers on investments associated to the stadium and the matchday expertise,’ Glazer continued.

‘We imagine in the precept of followers proudly owning shares in the membership. We have beforehand engaged with the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust on fan share possession and we would like to proceed and speed up these discussions.

‘We recognise that the Government-initiated, fan-led overview of soccer is a constructive alternative to discover new constructions for fan engagement and affect. I can guarantee you that we’ll willingly and brazenly interact in the overview, with the purpose of placing followers on the coronary heart of the sport and guaranteeing their pursuits are superior and guarded.’

Glazer additionally pledged to attend a gathering with followers as quickly because the season is over.

It is predicted that the majority followers might be cynical concerning the contents of the letter and really feel that it’s nothing however a set of imprecise guarantees to calm the waters at this troubled time.

Saying definitively that followers can be allowed to attend board conferences, as Chelsea have performed, or pledging a certain amount to go into enhancing the membership’s services would have been one thing on which to base a dialogue going ahead, however Glazer has failed to do even that.

Of course, it stays to be seen whether or not any meat might be added to these bones on the promised assembly however for now, the letter gives little, if something, to the offended fanbase of Manchester United.

The full textual content reads as follows:

‘Dear fan representatives

Thank you on your letter dated April 30, despatched in your capability as representatives of Manchester United followers. I learn the contents carefully and your love and keenness for the membership got here throughout very clearly.

I would like to salute your service to the Fans’ Forum, which I do know is an important channel for session between the membership and our followers. As I just lately acknowledged publicly, I’m personally dedicated to guaranteeing that we strengthen this relationship in future.

Your heartfelt letter captured the distinctive spirit of Manchester United, cast by way of a long time of triumph, adversity and tragedy, and nonetheless powerfully current in as we speak’s thrilling group beneath Ole and the colourful fanbase which you symbolize.

I used to be personally humbled by elements of your letter, as you defined so clearly why our preliminary assist for the European Super League left you feeling offended and let down. I would really like to reiterate my honest apology for the errors that have been made.

In specific, I would like to acknowledge the necessity for change, with deeper session with you as our principal fan consultant physique throughout a spread of vital points, together with the competitions we play in. We additionally recognise the significance of fan and soccer pursuits being embedded in key decision-making processes at each degree of the membership, and we’re open to constructive discussions on how to reinforce that precept.

We stay dedicated to working with the broader soccer neighborhood to make the sport stronger and extra sustainable over the long-term, and we’ll now refocus our efforts on doing this throughout the present constructions of UEFA and the Premier League.

In addition, I would like to reassure you that my household and I care deeply about Manchester United and really feel a profound sense of accountability to defend and improve its energy for the long-term, whereas respecting its values and traditions.

Our high precedence is, and can all the time be, competing for crucial trophies, enjoying entertaining soccer with a group comprised of top-quality recruits and among the world’s greatest homegrown expertise. Under Ole, we really feel we’re completely heading in the right direction.

Success on the sector should be underpinned by stable foundations off it. We have supported sustained funding in the group over a few years, and that can proceed this summer time.

We recognise that we’ll want to considerably improve funding in Old Trafford and our coaching complicated to be sure that the membership’s services stay among the many greatest in Europe. As a part of this, we’ll seek the advice of with followers on investments associated to the stadium and the matchday expertise.

Indeed, one of many clearest classes of the previous few weeks is the necessity for us to change into higher listeners. To this finish, I can commit the membership will interact throughout all the points raised in your letter.

To spotlight some particular factors, as one of many few European soccer golf equipment listed on the general public markets, we imagine in the precept of followers proudly owning shares in the membership. We have beforehand engaged with the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust on fan share possession and we would like to proceed and speed up these discussions, along with provisions to improve related fan session.

We recognise that the Government-initiated, fan-led overview of soccer is a constructive alternative to discover new constructions for fan engagement and affect. I can guarantee you that we’ll willingly and brazenly interact in the overview, with the purpose of placing followers on the coronary heart of the sport and guaranteeing their pursuits are superior and guarded.

These commitments are a place to begin for additional dialogue, together with all the particular factors you raised, reasonably than last proposals.

We need to work collectively to provide you with an bold bundle of measures which is able to rework our relationship with followers and strengthen the membership for the long-term. In this spirit, we’ll attain out to members of the forum to schedule a gathering in which I shall take part as quickly as potential after the ultimate recreation of the season.

Thank you once more on your work for the forum and your ardour for the membership. I look ahead to assembly you and in the meantime let’s look ahead to a profitable finish to the season.

With greatest regards
Joel Glazer
Executive Co-Chairman and Director


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