Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold was the talk of the town this weekend.
Arnold’s transparent response to fans prepared to protest at his house on Saturday certainly got the reaction he would’ve wanted, but over time actions will speak louder than words, and he is fully aware of how the fans feel about his predecessor Ed Woodward.
Arnold met the fans at a Cheshire pub and took the time (over 90 minutes) to address a range of concerns, including Woodward’s bizarre power over transfers in previous years.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has applauded Arnold for holding a face-to-face discussion with a group of fans.
Carragher tweeted: “Every fan moans about not getting access to people at the top of the club, this is the reason why they don’t. Fair play to Richard Arnold.”
Every fan moans about not getting access to people at the top of their club, this is the reason why they don’t. Fair play to Richard Arnold 👏🏻 https://t.co/7UtkSldhSE
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) June 19, 2022
Carragher’s reference to why this doesn’t happen regularly may come from the argument that he was unaware that a phone was recording the exchange, but he should have known that was likely to be the case in this day and age.
Even if Arnold makes a few friends with his recent comments, he will get the same flak as Woodward if things don’t improve on the pitch. Things could get ugly if the team has a slow start to the new season.
Especially if fans feel the new manager hasn’t been backed.
Hopefully things pick up but I wouldn’t hold my breathe while the Glazers make decisions.