Joel Glazer meets Manchester United fans for the first time as much-maligned owner AGREES to give them votes to run the club after the European Super League disaster, while promising to invest in the stadium and squad, but it plan is met with skepticism
- Joel Glazer has met for the first time with Manchester United supporters
- United’s property wants to build bridges after the European Super League
- The Glazers have agreed to allow supporter votes through a Fan Share Scheme
- Investment in the team and the stadium and the training field was confirmed
- Manchester United Supporters Trust say they are hesitant about the scheme
Manchester United are in talks with supporters to introduce a new fan-share scheme that will give them the same voting rights as their owners, but the plan was immediately met with skepticism.
United co-chairman Joel Glazer confirmed that dialogue has begun about the initiative, which they hope to agree on before next season, at a virtual fans forum on Friday.
Glazer led the way, breaking near silence for 16 years, promising more communication with fans following United’s involvement in the European Super League.
Joel Glazer first met Man United fans in a bid to build bridges with supporters
That sparked protests against the unpopular Glazer family, including one that led to the cancellation of United’s League game against Liverpool.
At the event, which was described by the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) as “a candid exchange of views,” Glazer outlined plans to create a fan advisory board to give followers a greater say.
MUST said: “MUST is cautious about whether the Fan Share scheme will pass their own tests before approving it, because despite the huge concession of 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.”
Glazer also defended the huge dividend payments taken from the club, refusing to commit to paying United’s blinding £430 million debt.
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Red Devils fans stormed Old Trafford last month to protest the despised property
Now Glazer has pledged fan votes in an effort to strengthen relationships with supporters supporters
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.