The past month has been a turbulent one for Kopites. The club has been dragged through the mud by the owners and now it is a case of sorting out just what the relationship between fan and owners will be going forward. An olive branch has been extended; some Liverpool fans have reacted to details of a meeting between FSG representative Billy Hogan and supporters group Spirit of Shankly.
Why did Billy Hogan meet Spirit of Shankly?
When FSG took over Liverpool in 2010 they were known as NESV (New England Sports Ventures).
Since then they’ve changed their name and the fortunes of our club.
The Reds were on the brink of administration when John Henry rode into town like a white knight.
The American owners have been hard at work revamping the club from top to bottom, shifting towards a sustainable model with world leading recruitment.
We don’t get it wrong in the transfer market that often anymore, in fact the club gets it right most of the time.
In the past couple of years Liverpool have been champions of England, Europe and the world.
Despite the success under FSG the owners have consistently pushed the boundaries of taste.
The businessmen have tried to hike ticket prices; the move was met with a walkout and resulting in a U-turn.
FSG furloughed staff during the pandemic; socialist minded Kopites everywhere lashed back telling them that the scheme wasn’t for billionaire owners; another U-turn.
Despite these transgressions we’ve lived in relative harmony with the owners up until the Super League.
FSG signed the Reds up for the breakaway competition and in doing so indelibly tarnished their reputation and the club’s.
Another U-turn – this one complete with video apology.
However, this error can’t just be glossed over. Fans are hurting and serious change is needed in order to repair relations.
FSG meeting with Spirit of Shankly
This week FSG met with Spirit of Shankly with the owners represented by Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan.
The meeting was in an effort to rebuilt fan relations and work on solutions to re-engage the supporters after the Super League debacle.
The supporters’ group issued a statement commenting on the meeting:
“This initial consultation was positive, and both parties agreed there is a need for a new structure leading to meaningful and lasting supporter engagement.“
Included in the statement was a list of four requests which had been made to the club, the most significant of which being two SOS representatives at board level. The request included the stipulation that these representatives would have veto power on relevant issues.
Twitter reacts to meeting
Fans are optimistic about the future but some are cautiously so, whilst all are appreciative of the group’s work.