It’s always hard to know exactly what has happened amid the flurry of rumour and counter rumour whipped up by the media and various figures within football. Combine this with Clubs’ understandable need to keep some commercial details confidential, and it’s impossible to draw many conclusions.
As a Trust, we have no input into the Club’s transfer dealings. We do, however, think that a greater level of transparency about why decisions have been taken would be a positive thing. When the Club makes no comment, or relies on standard statements, it allows others to define its approach.
Greater transparency would also show supporters who pay some of the highest ticket prices in the country the respect they deserve. We don’t believe any explanation from the Club will please every fan. But there are few situations that better and more in-depth communications do not improve, so we hope the Club will be able to find a way to share its visions with its supporters.
This is especially important at a time when fans are understandably worried about the potential impact of the new stadium project, and with continued uncertainty about ENIC’s long-term plans.
Many supporters contacted us with questions as the latest window closed, and we’re glad more fans are looking to the Trust as a point of communication. We will always work to ensure the Club is aware of the feelings of fans, and try to find practical solutions to the issues raised.
We need to do that by building on the working relationship we have with the Club, one in which we retain our independence but continue dialogue. We’d like to thank those fans who have spoken up in support of that strategy.
2 September 2014