Daniel Ek’s Arsenal takeover bid continues to gather pace and now it has been revealed how the Swedish billionaire plans to include Gunners supporters in the running of the club.
Spotify founder Ek announced his interest in buying his boyhood club last Friday, as Arsenal fans were protesting against Stan Kroenke’s ownership.
Ek has enlisted the help of three of the team’s Invincible Premier League winners, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, and is set to make a £1.8billion bid.
Kroenke has repeatedly insisted that Arsenal is not for sale, though supporters have felt increasingly disenchanted by his running of the club.
And Ek is already preparing for how to bring fans on-side as he prepares the ground to launch a takeover.
The Telegraph report that Ek is keeping a close eye on how the Government’s fan-led review into football could change the way owners run clubs.
They claim that the Swede will meet with Arsenal fans and promise to enlist their views in the big decisions he will have to make if he does take over.
That offer reportedly involves the possibility of fan representation on the board of directors he will appoint.
Ek is also believed to be open to handing fans a ‘golden share’ in the club, which means they can vote on and block any decisions affecting the legacy of the Gunners.
A ‘golden share’ would see fans able to veto any decisions that would change the club’s colours and the badge, as well as any decisions made about the Emirates Stadium.
Top trending sport stories right now
Ek’s move to give fans power in the running of Arsenal will undoubtedly please supporters who have been left furious by the European Super League debacle.
The fallout has left many now demanding a greater say in the decisions made at their teams, with a ‘golden share’ also giving fans a veto over any proposals for Arsenal to enter such a league in future.
READ MORE: Arsenal were already preparing for takeover interest before European Super League farce
READ MORE: Mikel Arteta responds to Kroenke statement amid constant Arsenal takeover speculation
Source: Read Full Article