‘They’re deluded and entitled’ – Simon Jordan says Manchester United fans planning ‘constant, relentless’ protests against Glazer Family are ‘hoping for a fairy godfather’ April 12, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Simon Jordan has labelled a Manchester United fan group ‘deluded and entitled’ for calling for protests against their club’s ownership.
Following United’s 1-0 loss against relegation-threatened Everton on Saturday, fan group ‘The 1958’ called upon supporters to take a stand against their owners.
In a statement, they said: “This isn’t another Liverpool; we believe this was a one-off unique event.
“This is the start of the constant, relentless, peaceful and legal protests and actions against our owners. We know the challenges ahead of us and we will not waver or detract from these goals.”
The 1958’s first course of action is to hold a march prior to kick-off against Norwich City on Saturday, which will end outside the ground.
Supporters will then remain there until 17 minutes have passed in the game – symbolising the 17 years of the Glazer’s tenure.
Most memorably, supporters have donned yellow and green scarves – the colours worn by the team when originally founded in 1878 – to represent the club’s original roots and values which they felt the Glazer’s were out of touch with.
This movement hasn’t gone away, either, with the club’s original colours still being worn by disillusioned fans to this day.
A sense of discontent has been growing at Old Trafford for some time, with the club now in the middle of a fifth trophyless season.
The 1958 were approached and asked to join both Jordan and Jim White on Tuesday’s show, but the group opted not to at this stage.
And in true Jordan style, the ex-Crystal Palace chairman didn’t hold back in his assessment of the situation.
“What are they protesting against now? Fundamentally against the fact the team isn’t playing very well,” Jordan began.
“They’ll say ‘that’s an outrage, it’s not reflective of the situation, we’ve been saying it for a long time since they walked through the door.
“‘We loathed the way they bought the football club, they’re nothing but corporate vultures, they don’t understand our culture, they don’t get it, we don’t want them here.’”
But despite knowing what the supporters’ comeback to his accusation would be, the former Premier League chairman stood firm and stated that unlike previous demonstrations organised by the Old Trafford faithful, this one wouldn’t have the same effect.
“I’ve seen the background,” he explained, “I’ve seen them see off the Sky bid in the early-90s when they put together a very powerful lobby and a very influential set of supporters that turned Sky away when Sky wanted to buy the football club and they made sure that didn’t happen.
“This is a different time now, and a different set of circumstances for football… The bottom line is they’re going to have to find somebody, and the Glazers are going to have to be clear in their minds that there is a commercial disadvantage to their popularity.”
White then asked Jordan if he could understand United fans’ perspective, given they will be desperate for three points against Norwich City whilst rivals Manchester City and Liverpool face off in an FA Cup semi-final.
However, Jordan believed this only bolstered his argument.
“But that’s what it is, if Manchester United were winning games and competing at the top of the league, this would have less motivation, less potency, less engagement.
“Will it have an effect on the Glazers? Drive them into a perspective of ‘We can’t bare it anymore?’ I think they’ve got alligator skin, or alligator blood, they’re quite resourceful in their thinking and they don’t live in this country.
“They’ll get on with it.”
And whilst Jordan did state that fans have a right to protest in an effort to protect their football clubs, he still believed The 1958’s goal would not be achieved given the way the footballing world has evolved.
He said: “They’re deluded and they’re entitled. Football’s changed, Man United are not the only gang in town.
“I think they are misunderstanding the mechanics of what’s going to remove the Glazers and who they’re going to put in place.
“What you’re hoping for is a fairy godfather to come down and gift the Glazers £5billion and off they go.”
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