Peter Kenyon – a former Manchester United chief executive – agrees with the character descriptions of his former team owners.
“I’m not sure that the people who are in that club now know what the club is.”
More than 1,000 protesters estimate that the pitch was attacked at United’s Old Trafford Stadium before the match against Liverpool.
Some 200 people gathered outside The Lorry Hotel, Salford, in protest against the club’s American owners, where the United players stayed before the match.
While the venture collapsed less than 48 hours after it was first announced, the lack of fan consultation affected many supporters – and not just United – who are intent on getting some glimpses of control they see. Pay good money for
The six founding members of the Premier League eventually withdrew from ESL, starting with Chelsea and Manchester City, following widespread criticism by fans, media, politicians and even royalty.
Arsenal and Liverpool’s involvement in the failed Super League project has led to dissatisfaction between Liverpool chairman Tom Werner as well as fans of their respective owners Cronke and Henry.
On Monday, the Premier League released a statement stating that “the power of feeling and the fans have the right to know what’s going on” while addressing the Old Trafford protests.
“We are committed to maintaining close dialogue with supporters and their representatives, as we identify a solution together with the FA and the government, but ask that all protests be peaceful,” the statement said.
CNN has reached out to the Glazer family, Cronke and Henry for comment.
Since taking over Manchester United in 2005, the Glazer family – which also owns the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers – has never really won fans.
Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST), a group of more than 200 club supporters, said in a statement on Monday, “After sixteen years a member of the Glazer family has never interacted so much with us.”
According to the club’s latest accounts released on 4 March 2021, the club’s net debt is $ 630.7 million (£ 455.5,000). In December 2019, before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the club’s net debt reached $ 283.16 million (£ 203.6 million).
It was not the first time United fans protested on Sunday. In 2010, MUST organized a protest, with fans wearing green and gold scarves for the game, the club’s original colors – ironic red and white necklaces.
In its Monday statement, it should outline a four-point plan “to reorganize the existing ownership structure in favor of supporters”, seeking a response from the Glazers by Friday.
Part of that plan called for a “share scheme”, which gives fans the same voting rights as the Glazer family.
In one of the points, Manchester United fans are being offered the opportunity to buy the Glazer family shares at the club, unless they are “at least minority or indeed fully bought.”
Genie out of the bottle
Although Manchester United and the Glazers are currently in the headlines, fans have vented their anger at other US-based bosses in recent weeks due to their participation in ESL.
At Arsenal, protests a few weeks ago took place outside Emirates Stadium in London, with Kroenke seeking to sell his shares in the club.
Although Arsenal fan and Spotify founder Daniel Ek announced his intention to submit a bid for the club, Kroenke insisted that he had no intention of selling.
In Liverpool, which has boasted a close connection to its fans – a slogan symbolizing “This Means More” – the news was not very good when the club signed up for ESL.
Subsequently, in a video posted on Liverpool’s social media, club owner Henry, considered one of the key drivers behind the Super League, cut a contrasting figure.
“In these last 48 hours, you were very clear that it wouldn’t stand. We heard you. I heard you. And I want to apologize to Jurgen. [Klopp, manager], Billy [Hogan, CEO]The owner of MLB Giants Boston Red Sox owner Henry said, for the players and everyone who works so hard in Liverpool to be proud of their fans.
“They were the most disrupted, and did it the wrong way. That’s what hurts the most. They love their club and work to make you proud every single day. I know the whole Liverpool team We have the expertise, leadership and passion necessary to believe in and help. We move forward. ”
Specific results vary for opposing fans.
Some would like to see different owners in their clubs, while others would like to see the 50 + 1 ownership model being implemented in the UK in Germany, but the message is clear: whether or not the clubs’ perceived wealth is different from the owners who Are entirely focused on revenue generation.
However, the past few weeks have revealed that Jinn is out of the bottle – fans want these English clubs to actually see him.