Manchester United owner Joel Glazer, one of the “ESL forefathers”, has come out to apologise to the fans he wrong. After a long push for the tournament to proceed he now feels they “got it wrong”.
Sky Sports labelled this a “rare moment”, which it was. Manchester United owner Joel Glazer responding to the fans was such a unique event, the Old Trafford faithful actually never got their hopes up they’d receive the same type of response their oldest foes experienced with FSG head, John W. Henry.
To their surprise, they received an open letter from one of the Glazer brothers. The letter had some strong words of regret. Joe Glazer spoke of the error made by them and that the job to mend the European Super League wounds begins now.
Over the past few days, we have all witnessed the great passion which football generates, and the deep loyalty our fans have for this great club.
You made very clear your opposition to the European Super League, and we have listened. We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.
Although the wounds are raw and I understand that it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans and learning from the message you delivered with such conviction.
In seeking to create a more stable foundation for the game, we failed to show enough respect for its deep-rooted traditions – promotion, relegation, the pyramid – and for that we are sorry.
This is the world’s greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days.
It is important for us to put that right.
Manchester United has a rich heritage and we recognise our responsibility to live up to its great traditions and values.
The pandemic has thrown up so many unique challenges and we are proud of the way Manchester United and its fans from Manchester and around the world have reacted to the enormous pressures during this period.
We also realise that we need to better communicate with you, our fans, because you will always be at the heart of the club.
In the background, you can be sure that we will be taking 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 the football pyramid.
Right now, 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 recognise that it is your support which makes this club so great, and we thank you for that.
With best regards,
Joel Glazer. (Via: Sky Sports)