Gary Neville lashes out at Joel Glazer’s fan forum promises, calling them a ‘missed opportunity’ as he issues his own five-point plan that would see no dividends from Manchester United and a guaranteed transfer cat for FIVE YEARS
- Owner Joel Glazer appeared on a Manchester United fan forum on Friday
- It followed the furious reaction to attempts to join the European Super League
- Glazer promised a fan-share scheme that would give supporters equal voting rights
- He also outlined plans to set up a fan advisory board to gather opinions
- But United supporters’ confidence reacted with ‘caution’ to Glazer’s proposals
- And Gary Neville believes they missed an opportunity to describe their vision
- Former United captain devised his own five-point plan for the club
Gary Neville has bumped into Joel Glazer after the owner’s appearance at a Manchester United fan forum on Friday, describing it as a ‘missed opportunity’.
The normally elusive Glazer broke years of silence to appear before supporters to discuss the club’s future direction.
It followed the furious reaction to the decision to sign United into the European Super League’s leading group, sparking protests from fans outside and at Old Trafford, delaying a match with Liverpool.
Joel Glazer, owner of Manchester United, attended a virtual fan forum on Friday afternoon
It followed anger from supporters over attempts to sign United into the European Super League
Former United captain Gary Neville reacted skeptically to Glazer’s promises and outlined his own five-point plan to move the club forward.
Glazer confirmed that talks have started over a fan-sharing plan, which would give supporters’ representatives the same amount of voting rights as ownership.
Plans to create a fan advisory board to give fans more of a say in club affairs were also outlined by Glazer.
But his words were met with skepticism, with the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) greeting the fan-share plan with “prudence”.
And Neville isn’t convinced either and takes to Twitter to share his thoughts on the fan forum.
Neville took to Twitter to respond to the fan forum and share his own vision for United’s future
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He said the Glazers, who have taken huge dividend payments from the club since their takeover in 2005, ‘should have committed’ to pay off United’s dazzling £430m debt.
Neville demanded that they receive “no dividends for five years” and also promised a “minimum annual investment in the team for five years.”
The former United States captain said Glazer “missed an opportunity to show a new vision of Old Trafford and a training ground” amid criticism of the lack of infrastructure investment.
Neville ended by saying that “more details about fan sharing were needed” to allay supporters’ skepticism.
The American billionaire also promised to invest in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this summer
The Glazers will also invest to improve Old Trafford and United’s Carrington training ground.
MUST described the virtual forum as a “candid exchange of views”.
They said: ‘MUST be careful about whether the Fan Share scheme will pass their own tests before approving it, because despite the huge concession to voting rights this proposal signifies, the devil is always in the details.
MUST is concerned that there is a risk that the scheme will limit the number of such Fan Shares made available, reducing the chance of achieving meaningful collective ownership of fans – and ultimately with the potential to result in a change in control of the club.”