Manchester United has stated that its new Fan Advisory Board will be made up of “seven top fan representatives and up to five club executives.”
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After co-chairman Joel Glazer attended his first fans’ conference in early June, United disclosed preliminary plans for a Fan Advisory Board.
Following further discussions with the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) and other fan groups, the Premier League club announced that those plans, as well as an expanded Fans’ Forum, were now being finalized.
“The Terms of Reference and composition of both bodies have been agreed in consultation with the existing Fans’ Forum, and with MUST in its capacity as the accredited independent fan group representing Manchester United supporters,” United said in a statement.
United’s chief operating officer Colette Roche said: “We are pleased with the progress made so far towards building a framework for more effective engagement between the club and its supporters.
“As Joel Glazer told the Fans’ Forum in June, we are committed to strengthening fan representation and the role of fans at the heart of the club; and the new Fan Advisory Board and expanded Fans’ Forum will help that process.”
The Fan Advisory Board will convene quarterly, with one of United’s executive co-chairmen attending at least once a year, according to the club.
The Fans’ Forum will continue to exist as a larger representative organization that meets quarterly to discuss fan concerns, with membership growing from 11 to 16.
“Additions to the Forum will include representatives for the Manchester United Women Supporters’ Club, youth supporters under the age of 21, and international members,” the club said.
“The Fans’ Forum will then elect two of its members to the Fan Advisory Board to ensure a strong connection between the two bodies, and MUST will have seats on both bodies. Recruitment to the two bodies will begin in the coming weeks.”
Since the Glazer family finalized their tumultuous acquisition at Old Trafford in 2005, a substantial number of United fans have protested against them.
Long-simmering discontent among United fans reached new heights in April, when the ‘big six’ Premier League clubs agreed to join a new European Super League before withdrawing.
United’s home Premier League match against Liverpool was postponed on May 2 due to anti-Glazer protests.