Date:Monday January 18 2010
Johnny Flacks, former chairman of the Independent Manchester United Supporters' Association hinted that at a MUST meeting on Saturday the idea was put forward that Sir Alex should quit the club in protest against the Glazers.
'This is not intended as an Alex Ferguson rant,' Flacks said yesterday.
'But he claims to be a socialist, a former shop steward and a man of the people, so he must be horrified by what is going on. It would work only if thousands of people sent a copy of this letter to Ferguson letting him know that our fear, if the Glazers stay in control, is that his legacy is going to be destroyed. We wouldn't want that and I don't think he would either.'
So, it's for the greater good that the man who knows the club inside-out, whom the players know and respect, who achieved unprecedented success with Manchester United quits in the midst of financial troubles which make our ability to attract quality players to the club doubtful?
Can't see the logic I'm afraid. Instability at managerial level is the last thing the club needs right now - besides, I can't see why the Glazers would pack up if Fergie resigned. That kind of uncertainty will make the club a less attracting proposition for potential investors. Success is never guaranteed in football but you have a lot better chances if the best manager in the business sticks around... and we have to keep our place among the elite to avoid the debt terminally crippling the club.
So this is nonsense and fortunately, MUST also responded, confirming that Flacks' opinion is in no way representative of the group's standing on the issue.
'Contrary to reports today regarding Manchester United supporters calling for Sir Alex Ferguson to resign, MUST (the Manchester United Supporters Trust) wishes to put it on record that we believe the organisation and the vast majority of United supporters are 100% behind Sir Alex Ferguson. The only people we want to see leave Old Trafford are the Glazer family.
'All United supporters are entitled to voice their opinion but these comments were made by one individual at a meeting where it was made clear it was private and journalists were briefed that it was totally off the record to allow supporters to speak freely.
'We believe that all those journalists who attended the meeting respected this agreement but the story came from reports on internet message boards followed by a call direct to Mr Flacks rather than from the meeting itself.
'MUST does not believe that the views expressed represented a widespread view of those present and indeed another speaker who offered the counter point of view was given a loud round of applause in response.
'We believe Johnny Flacks and indeed every Manchester United supporter is absolutely entitled to express their views but it is important to distinguish individual views from those of organisations or those present at a meeting.
'We believe Manchester United has the best manager, the best players and the best supporters. It is only the owners that let our great club down. They should go before they do any more damage.'
Date:Monday January 18 2010
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