Neville criticises united statement
Former Manchester United full back Gary Neville lit up the airwaves with his spectacular outbursts in response to the Super League plans.
The Sky Sports pundit went on a passionate rant on the network criticising the 6 English clubs even claiming they should relegated for the proposals.
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 18, 2021
Even with the Super League now crumbling, effectively dead in the water and statements from clubs published, Neville has taken to social media to criticise the response from the Old Trafford club.
‘I’ve read this 3-4 times now . Quite possibly the worst communication I’ve ever seen in my life!’ he wrote on Twitter.
I’ve read this 3-4 times now . Quite possibly the worst communication I’ve ever seen in my life! https://t.co/C0Rc8dsUWq
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 21, 2021
What will he think of what has followed?
Joel Glazer’s open letter
Manchester United owner Joel Glazer has now released a statement in which he apologised to the supporters for the Super League fiasco.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool have produced written and even video, regarding the latter, apologies to their supporter base.
‘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.
‘We continue to believe that European football needs to become more sustainable throughout the pyramid for the long-term. However, we fully accept that the Super ‘League was not the right way to go about it.
‘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,
Quotes from Manchester United’s official website.
Whether United fans will accept the apology is likely hopeful thinking on the part of the ownership.
There has been growing animosity between United’s owners and supporters for some time and the Super League situation has made this somehow worse.
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This article was edited by Robert Fosterman.
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