Another FSG betrayal – can Liverpool fans force ownership change again? – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Liverpool announced their participation in the European Super League on Sunday along with five other Premier League clubs.
12 clubs from across Europe came together for the exclusive breakaway tournament, but the Premier League sides were forced to withdraw their participation two days later following protests and backlash from their fans.
Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 20, 2021
Since then, Liverpool owner John Henry has come under tremendous pressure from the fanbase to sell the club and move on.
Since taking over at Liverpool around a decade ago, FSG have managed to guide the club to success on the pitch, but they have made numerous mistakes off it and it seems that they have destroyed their bond with the fans.
Their attempts to increase the season ticket prices, trademark the Liverbird and Liverpool, the furlough scheme attempt during the coronavirus pandemic and now the decision to commit to the European Super League have all added to the disappointment of the fans in recent years.
Furthermore, their handling of the Kenny Dalglish sacking is another mistake the fans have not forgiven them for.
After every error, the Liverpool owners have apologised and repaired the differences with the fans time and again. Henry has always maintained that FSG are learning from their mistakes.
The Liverpool owner carried on the trend this week, apologising publicly to the fans after the club pulled out of the European Super League.
John W Henry’s message to Liverpool supporters. pic.twitter.com/pHW3RbOcKu
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2021
However, it has come to a point where there is a clear pattern emerging. FSG do not care about the fans’ opinion, and then they are forced to reverse their decisions on the back of protests.
This is followed up with an apology from the club hierarchy, which is nothing more than a PR exercise.
If the owners truly cared about the fans, they would involve supporter groups while making key decisions regarding the club’s future.
The likes of Spion Kop and the Spirit of Shankly have sent out statements regarding the owners’ disastrous decision to join the European Super League, calling for fan representation on the board to prevent further mistakes that can embarrass the club and damage its reputation.
Time for change: next steps.
— Spirit of Shankly (@spiritofshankly) April 21, 2021
We have sent this letter to the Liverpool FC board this evening: pic.twitter.com/JwXogVSICv
— Spion Kop 1906 (@SpionKop1906) April 22, 2021
It remains to be seen whether FSG can work together with the fans in future and prove that they are fit enough to lead the club.
Liverpool fans played a key role in driving out (Tom) Hicks and (George) Gillett after years of mismanagement, and there is no reason why they cannot repeat the trick with FSG.
Actions speak louder than words, and it is time for the owners to act in a way befitting of a club of Liverpool’s stature.