The Supporters Trust can confirm that a number of meetings have been held this weekend with senior management of the football club, including new Chief Operating Officer Chris Pearlman, Chairman Huw Jenkins and Jason Levien.
A major concern, as outlined in the recent Trust address, has been the lack of engagement between the Supporters Trust and the new majority owners.
As a result of these discussions, agreement has been reached that regular and frequent meetings will take place between all parties. Also, guarantees that the Trust will be kept more involved and informed going forward have been obtained. We welcome this commitment.
The Supporters Trust also raised concerns regarding the current disappointing performances and results on the pitch. These concerns were shared by those at the club. The football club have assured the Supporters Trust that all parties are working hard to try and turn things round as soon as possible.
The issue of the fans reaction to the former shareholders, both during Sunday’s match and also on social media, was raised, in particular that some former directors of the football club are continuing to enjoy the benefits their former position enjoyed.
It is the view of the Supporters Trust that former directors should not continue to be allowed access to the Directors Box on match day and that view has been expressed to the new majority owners.
The Supporters Trust will also be seeking clarification from the club to determine whether former shareholder John van Zweden is receiving preferential treatment regarding ticketing arrangements at the football club.
Due to the limited capacity of our stadium, ticketing arrangements are an important issue for our members and it would be unacceptable if genuine fans of our football club were missing out due to an agreement with a former shareholder.
The Supporters Trust welcomes the recommencement of dialogue with the new majority owners of the football club and looks forward to swift progress being made on the remaining issues of contention. We will continue to keep our members up to date as new information comes to hand.