Fenway Sports Group are untrustworthy and the Liverpool owners’ attempts to get fans back onside are little more than “tokenism.”
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after supporters group Spirit of Shankly confirmed reconciliation talks with the club are set for Tuesday.
In an earlier statement, Spirit of Shankly claimed they “cannot trust” the owners following the European Super League plot.
Liverpool FC’s CEO Billy Hogan’s letter in response to SOS survey and statement. We will be arranging a meeting in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/VcEACkjGEa
— Spirit of Shankly (@spiritofshankly) April 27, 2021
The trust also conducted a poll which found 89 per cent of its members wanted better representation at executive level.
Maguire hailed the idea of Liverpool fans having influence in the boardroom but admitted he doubts FSG will hand them any real power.
“I think it would make a lot of sense,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Liverpool fans are very good at articulating their views via these groups. They are very measured.
“There have been too many mistakes made by FSG, in terms of the prices being charged at the stadium, the rather tawdry embrace of furlough before the fanbase rejected that, and of course the Super League.
“I think it would be very useful to have a sounding board from people who represent the history and the heritage of Liverpool Football Club, as opposed to a Boston-based investment company.
“FSG are very good at what they do, but the best way for this to be dealt with is to have open and frank discussions where fans’ views are represented.
“They could arrange more informal meetings on a more regular basis, but that can come across as tokenism.
“It’s effectively the gentry speaking to the peasantry, in the eyes of the board. They might well speak to them but not take on board any of their comments.”
The fallout from the ESL plot has had wide-reaching repercussions at Anfield.