The Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) issued an open letter to Joel Glazer earlier this week calling for four key actions.

Upon requesting a response by Friday, the appointment of independent directors to the club’s board of directors MUST be requested.

The call states: “Immediately appoint independent directors to the board whose sole purpose is to protect the interests of the club as a football club and not its shareholders.”

Well, there was some kind of answer. From Chelsea Football Club.

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Setting the right example

As part of their review of the football club’s governance, Chelsea announced that they will be introducing a supporter presence at all board meetings.

The club’s statement said: “Three supporter advisors, selected through an election and selection process, will attend board meetings to ensure that the general mood of supporters is considered part of the club’s decision-making process.”

Chelsea were among the first clubs to pull out of the Super League realizing they had made the wrong choice before others – including United – eventually followed suit.

The Chelsea statement added: “Support advisors will attend approximately four meetings per year, and more if necessary. If they successfully complete the year they are eligible to select a UK registered charity to receive a contribution of £ 2,500 from the club. “

Sometimes you have to applaud other clubs for getting it right, whether you like them or not.

This is the first step by any of the six Super League players to tackle the fallout, barring half-hearted apologies.

United’s protests go well beyond those of the Super League and amount to about £ 1.5 billion, which the club cost from the club’s debt-borne buyout and lack of infrastructure investment.

MUST’s request for fan presence on board meetings should be achievable for United.

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If Chelsea can do it, so can United. But so far the glaziers have shown no inclination to want to do it. That could change if Chelsea set a positive example.

Other requests from MUST include an option for United supporters to purchase stock and a request to support government reviews of law governing football clubs.

The ideal scenario is for the glaziers to sell. But if they are willing to compromise even a tiny bit and go along with these demands, it can afford them a minimum of goodwill.

Chelsea have put down the gauntlet with their train. Well played. But we’re not going to hold our breath to make United follow.

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