Manchester United

Manchester United Announce Restructure of Fan Advisory Board as Glazers Promise to Attend Meetings

By Amreen
Avram or Joel Glazer will be in attendance at one fan advisory board meeting each year
Avram or Joel Glazer will be in attendance at one fan advisory board meeting each year / OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

Manchester United have announced that one of their owners, Joel or Avram Glazer, will attend annual meetings of the Fans' Advisory Board once a year.

United revealed initial plans for a Fan Advisory Board after Joel Glazer attend his first fans' forum in early June after the club came under much criticism for their involvement in the European Super League.

The Glazers have been a relatively quiet set of owners since taking over in 2005, but the club have promised that they are working towards making changes. In an official statement, the club announced that the board would consist of "seven senior fan representatives and up to five club executives".

United confirmed the advisory board was close to completion in a statement, which read: "Manchester United is finalising plans for a new Fan Advisory Board and an expanded Fans' Forum, following constructive dialogue with fan representatives and the Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST).

"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. Recruitment to the two bodies will begin in the coming weeks. More information on the criteria for the representative roles and how to apply will be published at that time.

"Progress has also been made in discussions with MUST about the creation of a mutually beneficial fan share scheme which would give fans access to a new class of shares, each with the same high-vote rights as the B shares held by the Glazer family. Detailed work is continuing, supported by expert advisers, on the structure of the potential fan share scheme and more information will be shared in due course."

United's chief operating officer Collette Roche added: "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 Fans' Forum will 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."