Liverpool fans group challenge Fenway Sports Group over manager search strategy
Tuesday 22 May 2012
Liverpool owners have been challenged to publicly explain their strategy for the club by a leading fans group.
Spirit of Shankly, who led the protests against the despised former regime of Tom Hicks and George Gillett, have written to principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner.
As the Reds' search for a manager, which has had a couple of public rejections, continues the group have asked for some clear direction and communication from Fenway Sports Group to dispel the growing perception among some fans that the club is "in disarray".
"It may be that yourselves and the board of Liverpool Football Club have a vision you are working towards," said SOS's letter.
"It may be that you have implemented a strategy to deliver that vision and decisions are being made to work towards this.
"However, from the outside where supporters find themselves once again, it looks like a football club in disarray.
"Confusion and chaos seems to reign and no one is coming out of this with much credit, particularly the football club's image and brand.
"We need clear and pro-active communication, a confident message about the club's plans that breeds confidence amongst supporters that we are moving in the right direction.
"Instead, we have silence and a lack of information or understanding on decisions being made."
The letter makes reference to the worst days of Hicks and Gillett's tenure when fans felt they had no voice as decisions were taken by American owners who had no representative based at the club on a local level.
"As supporters we have seen all too clearly what a lack of communication from absentee owners leads to," it added.
"Ultimately supporters remain in the dark once again about the plans for this football club moving forward.
"We find ourselves experiencing deja vu, where boardroom decisions lead to more questions than they answer.
"We ask that you speak with supporters - engage with a true representative cross section of supporters and work with supporters to provide solutions to our current problems."
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