Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold has reassured club staff that his statements to supporters at their impromptu pub showdown are no different to those he has been peddling internally, with an internal memo leaking.
Arnold, 51, branded last season a ‘f***ing nightmare’ and admitted that United have ‘burned through cash’ with poor investments in the transfer market in the surprise summit, which saw him sit down with 12 fans at The Boot Inn in Cheshire.
To the dismay of figures at Old Trafford, snippets of their no-holds-barred conversation were secretly recorded and then posted online by one fan present.
Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold has looked to reassure club staff in a leaked email
Arnold (left) held an impromptu summit with supporters who were set to protest at his house
However, the senior executive now appears to have doubled down on the messages in an email to colleagues. He also confirmed the group were planning to protest outside his house, and that he chose to speak to them directly to head them off.
In the memo, which has been seen by The Sun, Arnold has looked to insist that his assessments, both in public and in private, about the state of United are the same.
He laid out four key points in total, ranging from his desire to bring back success on the pitch to confirming that the club remain in a strong financial position.
Indeed, Arnold has reiterated that winning trophies is their No 1 priority, and explained that strong staff performances and a united fanbase will be crucial.
However, the meeting, which saw the senior executive speak openly, was recorded by a fan
Supporters have openly aired their frustration at the Glazer family’s ownership, and the CEO has admitted the board were not happy with last season’s disappointment.
He has also assured staff that action is being taken to improve their fortunes.
Arnold has reminded his colleagues of the ‘continued investment’ from the board, and said they plan to continue spending cash, albeit in a more effective way.
His final point saw him underline United’s ability to invest in their facilities.
Arnold replaced Ed Woodward this year, and has been keen to ask the fanbase for a clean slate
Appointed as Ed Woodward’s successor in February, Arnold’s first big move was to appoint Erik ten Hag as boss, following United’s dismal sixth-place finish last term.
Speaking to the group of fans, he told them the Glazers had spent ‘a billion’ on stars, ‘more than anyone in Europe’, but added he is not ‘thrilled’ with the club’s position.
‘It doesn’t sit easy with me and I worry how we get this sorted for the future,’ he said.
‘What’s happened is we have f***ing burned through cash.
The Glazers and United have ‘burned through cash’, Arnold admitted during the surprise talk
‘You can’t go to our training ground and say “show me where the £1billion is” because we haven’t spent money well historically.
‘Last year was a f***ing nightmare. There was hate at every game. We’ve blown through an enormous amount of money.’
On the sensational showdown, a United spokesperson said: ‘Richard heard a group of fans had gathered in a pub near his house.
‘He listened to their views and explained what the club is doing to deliver success on the pitch, improve the stadium, and strengthen engagement with fans.’