Spirit of Shankly (SOS) says it has held “positive” talks with Liverpool chief government Billy Hogan because it seeks fan representation on the club’s board of administrators.
Four members of the Liverpool supporters’ union had been invited to attend a gathering with Hogan and different officers on Tuesday because the club goals to make amends following principal proprietor John W Henry’s involvement within the now-failed European Super League.
The Reds’ house owners Fenway Sports Group had been among the many foremost drivers of the mission which collapsed inside 48 hours of plans being launched after outcry from all corners of the sport, with followers protesting exterior Premier League matches to voice their opposition.
Manager Jurgen Klopp and his first-team gamers, as one, spoke out in opposition to the proposals and Henry accepted full blame for the error and apologised.
Protests at Anfield haven’t been as vociferous as some of these at different ‘Big Six’ grounds and SOS just lately polled its members on what the following step ought to be.
The vote overwhelmingly (89 per cent) supported SOS being represented at board stage and dealing with the club on a reform agenda and this was communicated to the club by the group.
Following the assembly on Tuesday, Liverpool chief government Hogan, who has acknowledged the necessity for “positive, meaningful change to occur”, promised to talk about the supporters’ needs with the house owners.
SOS made the next 4 requests to Liverpool in the course of the assembly.
- “Two SOS representatives at LFC board level in relation to issues that impact fans and the Anfield community as a whole. This would involve a reconstitution of the LFC board that includes effective, elected and accountable fan representation, and not for members of the current LFC board to be that elected representative. This cannot be token representation, but one that has the ‘golden share’ or veto on the decision-making process. We believe this is desirable, practical and achievable both in the short and long term.
- “A proper settlement between LFC and Athletic Grounds Ltd and SOS so as to enhance collaboration and supporter engagement and involvement, and to guarantee that is sustainable for the longer term.
- “FSG and LFC collaborate with SOS to lead the reform agenda ahead of/in conjunction with the national fan-led review.
- “We additionally requested for a dedication from FSG that any prices incurred in relation to the creation of and withdrawal from the European Super League can be funded solely by the house owners and never by the club. We notice that the Kroenke household have already made this dedication to Arsenal FC followers.”
In an announcement, SOS added: “These motions were acknowledged and received by LFC. They have taken these away for discussion and will respond formally to SOS with a further local meeting expected in the coming days.
“This preliminary session was optimistic, and each events agreed there’s a want for a brand new construction main to significant and lasting supporter engagement.”
Chelsea to involve supporters in board meetings
On Tuesday, Chelsea announced they have decided to include fans in board meetings from July 1 to ensure “supporter sentiment” is considered in decision-making.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the board “deeply remorse” their decision to join the breakaway competition, according to a club statement, and are now taking the steps to make it up to the fans.
Three “supporter advisors” will be elected to represent fans on the board, with Chelsea now set to begin consultation with supporter groups to determine the selection process.
Chelsea say the successful candidates, who will attend four board meetings each year, will not be given any voting rights but will be present to offer advice on a “broad vary of issues”.