In an open letter to supporters’ representatives, Joel Glazer, the highly unpopular Manchester United co-owner, says he wants to meet and chat with them. It also promises new investments.
It promises “a new era of dialogue”. Manchester United co-owner Joel Glazer has sent an open letter to fan representatives in an attempt to reassure them and promise them a meeting at the end of this season. “I would like to reiterate my sincere apologies for the mistakes that have been made,” he wrote in this letter to the attention of Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST), the official group of supporters of the Red Devils. Fans quite upset against the Glazers, this extremely wealthy Florida family who took control of the club in 2005 and who drew new criticism by joining the Super League project, before backing down.
The fan protests last Sunday, and the invasion of Old Trafford ahead of the expected Premier League clash with Liverpool, which had to be postponed, are the result of this lingering resentment against the American owners. “I would like to recognize the need for change, with further consultation with you on a range of important issues. We recognize the importance of supporters’ interests and are open to constructive discussions on how to strengthen this principle. . (…) I want to reassure you, my family and I are deeply attached to Manchester United and feel a deep sense of responsibility to protect and strengthen its long-term strength, while respecting its values and traditions “, continues Joel Glazer. , thus confirming that a departure of the Glazers is not on the agenda.
Glazer promises new investments
Extremely unpopular since taking over the club with his family via a debt buyout, Joel Glazer does not plan to leave the ship. On the contrary, his aim is to keep investing in seeing the club fight “for the most important trophies” and deliver “entertaining football” under the command of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “We have supported investments for the team for many years, and that will continue this summer. We recognize that we will need to significantly increase investments in Old Trafford and our training complex to ensure that the club’s facilities remain among the best in Europe. In this context, we will consult the supporters. Indeed, one of the clearest lessons of the last weeks is the need for us to become better listeners, “he said. He also says he believes “in the principle of supporters holding shares in a club”, without saying much more.
This letter is a response to another letter, the one sent at the end of April by the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust to Joel Glazer. “What happened (the invasion of Old Trafford, editor’s note) is the culmination of 16 years in which, under the leadership of your family, the club sank into debt and decline, and we have never been so dismissed and ignored as they are now, “said Must, while condemning the incidents that injured two police officers.
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