The Spirit of Shankly will push FSG for a revolutionary change at Liverpool. The supporters group no longer trust the owners.
The Spirit of Shankly held a member survey on FSG this week. The results showed a distinct lack of faith in the ownership at Liverpool.
This, of course, comes in the wake of the failed Super League plans that FSG were heavily involved in. John Henry, after all, was a vice-chairman.
The supporters’ group immediately issued a statement in wake of Henry’s apology last week, making it clear that this was a massive step backwards in relations. Now, it appears, they’re ready to show just how big that step was.
89% of members who answered the survey were in favour of fan representation at board level. 88% want FSG, Liverpool and SOS to lead the reform agenda in wake of the national review into English football.
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Those are not simple matters and FSG are unlikely to want either. Importantly, though, two-thirds of members were against the idea of campaigning for FSG to leave the club.
This is not about trying to get the owners out – it’s about a fundamental change that brings confidence in how the club is run.
Spirit of Shankly statement
SoS open their statement by saying they can no longer trust what FSG tell them through meetings. “The relationship we thought we had was false,” they say.
But that can bring ‘a catalyst for change’. SoS want that change to be true fan representation on the board for issues that directly involve fans and the Anfield community.
They make it clear that current board members cannot hold that position and it should be an elected representative. And not ‘token representation’, either, but a firm vote.
If FSG don’t embrace this, they say, then SoS will consider a different response.
Overall, though, the group wants Liverpool at the forefront of a revolution in football. That means working with other supporters’ groups, as well as the Football Supporters’ Association as the English game looks to restructure.
What RTK has to say
In terms of first steps, this is spot on – as shown by the overwhelming support within the group. The easiest ‘fix’ right now is working with FSG for change and getting voices heard.
You’ve got to push for that first, just to see if it’s an option. If it is, then the club can move forward in a much more transparent and fair way.
If not, then there aren’t too many other ‘easy’ ways to go. The next few months promise to be very interest, to say the least.
We could be on the verge of a fan revolution at Liverpool.