Spirit of Shankly (SOS) says it has held “positive” talks with Liverpool chief government Billy Hogan because it seeks fan illustration on the membership’s board of administrators.
Four members of the Liverpool supporters’ union have been invited to attend a gathering with Hogan and different officers on Tuesday because the membership goals to make amends following principal proprietor John W Henry’s involvement within the now-failed European Super League.
The Reds’ homeowners Fenway Sports Group have been among the many major drivers of the venture which collapsed within 48 hours of plans being launched after outcry from all corners of the sport, with followers protesting outdoors 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 a few of these at different ‘Big Six’ grounds and SOS just lately polled its members on what the following step needs to be.
The vote overwhelmingly (89 per cent) supported SOS being represented at board stage and dealing with the membership on a reform agenda and this was communicated to the membership 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 debate the supporters’ needs with the homeowners.
SOS made the next 4 requests to Liverpool through 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 with the intention to enhance collaboration and supporter engagement and involvement, and to make sure 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 will probably be funded solely by the homeowners and never by the membership. We word 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 resulting in significant and lasting supporter engagement.”
On Tuesday, Chelsea introduced they’ve determined to incorporate followers in board conferences from July 1 to make sure “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”.