The club’s co-chair sanctioned the missive, admitting they had done wrong with the proposals for a breakout competition
Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer has written an open letter to fans in which he admits they got it wrong over the Super League proposals.
Glazer, who has rarely engaged with fans since taking over the club in 2005, has spoken three times in the past three days as the club announced plans to join the league before admitting they had got it wrong and pulled ‘ back.
Gary Neville, among others, has been vocal in his dissatisfaction with the ownership of the club and has called on them to leave the club.
What was said?
Here’s every word from Glazer’s letter to fans:
“To all Manchester United fans,
“Over the past few days, we’ve all witnessed the great passion that football generates, and the deep loyalty our fans have to this great club.
“You made very clear your opposition to the European Premier League, and we’ve listened. We did it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.
“Although the wounds are raw and I understand it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our supporters and learning from the message you have delivered with such conviction .
“We continue to believe that European football needs to become more sustainable through the pyramid in the long term. However, we fully accept that the Super League was not the right way to go.
“In trying to create a more stable foundation for the game, we failed to show enough respect for its deep-rooted traditions – motivation, decline, the pyramid – and for that we are sorry.
“This is the world’s largest football club and we apologize unconditionally for the unrest caused in the last few days.
“It’s important for us to put that right.
“Manchester United has a rich heritage and we recognize our responsibility to fulfill its great traditions and values.
“The pandemic has thrown up so many unique challenges and we are proud of how Manchester United and its supporters from Manchester and around the world have responded to the huge pressures during this time.
“We also realize that we need to communicate better with you, our supporters, because you will always be at the heart of the club.
“In the background, you can be assured that we will take the necessary steps to rebuild relationships with other stakeholders across the game, with a view to working together on solutions to the long-term challenges facing us’ the football pyramid.
“At the moment, our priority is to continue to support all of our teams as they push for the strongest possible finish to the season. In closing, I would like to acknowledge that it is your support that makes this club so great and we thank you for that.
“With all memory, Joel Glazer.”
How long have the Glazers been at Old Trafford?
The Glazer family bought the club in 2005 thanks to a number of loans, which meant that their occupation brought protests because of the level of debt and family burden on the club.
The fall-out was so severe that some fans decided they would no longer support United and set up their own club, FC United from Manchester.
The family is rarely seen at games and this statement is only the second time they have spoken to fans in their 16-year ownership.
What next for the European Premier League?
With all six Premier League clubs pulling out on Tuesday and other European clubs doing the same on Wednesday, the initial offer submitted over the weekend has been closed down.
It is understood, however, that there are likely to be further discussions on the concept of a different European club. Clubs feel that a more sustainable approach is needed to safeguard the future of the game that goes beyond the new format for the Champions League.