After the European Super League debacle, there has been an uproar against the Manchester United owners. The fans wanted the Glazers to step down as they have failed to maintain the relationship between the club and the fans.
However, the Glazers’ promised to improve their relations with the fans and they have now announced the restructure of the Fan Advisory Board. Joel or Avram Glazer will attend the annual meetings after Joel Glazer first attended his first fans’ forum in early June. Now they will look to make it an annual affair which is good for building a strong relationship with the fans.
In an official statement, the club announced that the board would consist of “seven senior fan representatives and up to five club executives”.
United confirmed the advisory board was close to completion in a statement, which read: “Manchester United is finalising plans for a new Fan Advisory Board and an expanded Fans’ Forum, following constructive dialogue with fan representatives and the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST).”
“The Terms of Reference and composition of both bodies have been agreed in consultation with the existing Fans’ Forum, and with MUST in its capacity as the accredited independent fan group representing Manchester United supporters. Recruitment to the two bodies will begin in the coming weeks. More information on the criteria for the representative roles and how to apply will be published at that time.”
“Progress has also been made in discussions with MUST about the creation of a mutually beneficial fan share scheme which would give fans access to a new class of shares, each with the same high-vote rights as the B shares held by the Glazer family. Detailed work is continuing, supported by expert advisers, on the structure of the potential fan share scheme and more information will be shared in due course.”
United’s chief operating officer Collette Roche added: “As Joel Glazer told the Fans’ Forum in June, we are committed to strengthening fan representation and the role of fans at the heart of the club; and the new Fan Advisory Board and expanded Fans’ Forum will help that process.”
“The Fans’ Forum will elect two of its members to the Fan Advisory Board to ensure a strong connection between the two bodies, and MUST will have seats on both bodies.”