'This is why they've come to blows' - Finance guru slams Arsenal after Josh Kroenke reveal
The disconnect between supporters and owners is “one of the biggest problems in football” – and it is particularly evident at Arsenal.
That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Josh Kroenke’s recent remarks.
As relayed by The Telegraph last Tuesday (15 February), Kroenke admitted in a recent interview that he finds it “hard to truly” relate to fans.
The 41-year-old, who is the son of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, has been the public face of the ownership regime in recent times.
There were large-scale protests against the Kroenkes in the wake of the aborted Super Lague plot in April last year.
And Plumley claims that cultural differences are the root cause for some of the owners’ tone-deaf strategic decisions.
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“It chimes with what we’ve seen in the past,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“Some of the research I’ve been involved in shows that it is a very different model in America.
“There was big American investment in football in the early 2000s after Abramovich came into Chelsea.
“There was an appeal there but they never really understood the culture behind it.
“This is why they have come to blows with the fans, like with Super League. There are very different motives in America.
“The franchises are there to make money for their owners. English clubs, culturally, are not.
“There’s an argument to say that it’s your business and you should be able to take money out of it, but that’s just not football.
“It’s one of thing biggest problems in football that there is a clash of ideals because it just isn’t the way sport is structured over there.”
The Kroenke family runs Arsenal through their investment vehicle KSE.
KSE have been involved with the Gunners since 2007 and have owned 100 per cent of the club since 2018.