Joel Glazer tries to quell concerns of Manchester United supporters

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For as well as things are currently going for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the family that owns the defending Super Bowl champions is still trying to calm down the angst of the fans of those who support their Premier League soccer club.

Via BBC.com, Joel Glazer addressed the fans of Manchester United, who continue to be upset by the team’s involvement in an aborted effort to create a European Super League.

Glazer promised to create a “Fan Advisory Board,” which will consult with senior leadership and ownership. He took questions from fans, extending the meeting by 20 minutes.

“I was pleased to join the fans forum to listen to the views of supporters, address their questions, and share ideas on how we can improve the way we work together,” Glazer said. “As owners, we want exactly the same thing as the fans – a successful team and a strong club — and we want to work in partnership to achieve those objectives.”

Glazer had been silent since the failed effort to form a Super League created an intense outcry, which culminated in a protest that included fans breaking into Old Trafford, the Manchester United home stadium, and storming the field.

The Fan Advisory Board will consist of fan representatives and senior members of the Manchester United club. At least one member of the Glazer family will be involved in every meeting.

Joel Glazer also promised upgrades to the stadium and “significant funding” for improved training facilities.

It remains to be seen whether this action will undo the damage done by the Super League fiasco. However, it’s a gesture that represents a new direction for the club — and it could lead to the fans having a more positive view of ownership. After the events of recent weeks coupled with longstanding opposition to the team’s ownership by the Glazers, it can’t get much worse.

6 responses to “Joel Glazer tries to quell concerns of Manchester United supporters

  1. If you’re uphappy with ownership then buy them out yourself and do things differently.

  2. “If you’re uphappy with ownership then buy them out yourself and do things differently.” Usually I’d agree with that, but the problem is that an american is buying into a different country’s sports team than theirs that does things differently and has a rich history of hundreds of years unchanged. No teams ever move in soccer. These teams and leagues are the same as everyone’s great grandparents cheered for, and for a rich american to buy into the league and try to drastically shake the entire system up, it’s like someone buying the Patriots and trying to kick most of the other teams out of the league. I wouldn’t want someone who has no idea about the sport and its culture and history owning my team.

  3. The glazers went from not engaging with any of the Man United fan groups and they have a ton, to saying we’re going to have partial fan ownership with a degree of voting rights. The fans are pessimistic that the Glazers are serious about this new way of running the club they are now talking about. And until they are convinced of that the club will continue to see fan upset and bad noise on game days and official functions.

  4. The problem with the Man U fans and the Glazers go way back to when they bought the club. This is because the sale was funded mainly by loans that were secured against the clubs assets, which put the club into debt for the first time in over 70 years. Further questionable financial moves, a lack of engagement with the fans and a lack of on field success widened the schism. A large proportion of United fans are never going to be happy with the Glazers in charge, however they handle the fall out from the super League fiasco won’t change that.

  5. The Super League fiasco is the most overblown, over-hyped non-event in football history. I could see the feigned angst over the new league if it was going to affect the Premier League but it wasn’t. Teams would’ve still played 38 league games, played in thr Carrabo Cup, and played in the FA cup. The only “victim” of the new super league would have been the current Champions League. Since the Brits have made tremendous progress in eliminating English soccer hooliganism, it just takes some ridiculous event like this to give those yobs reason to act like idiots again. Gimme a break! 🙄

  6. North European “football” is boring, dull as dishwater and stuck in the past. The over reaction to the super league was comical. International “football” isn’t any better. I’d rather watch 6-8 hours of NFL on a Sunday evening than 5 mins of soccer. I’m English btw.

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