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Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has criticised Man Utd CEO Richard Arnold for being “stupid” and “naive” over leaked interview with fans.
Arnold was secretly recorded by a Man Utd supporter who filmed him saying that the past season was a “f***ing nightmare” for the club and admitted that the club was “f***ing burned through cash”.
The new Man Utd CEO replaced Ed Woodward in February with his first major job sealing a deal for new permanent boss Erik ten Hag.
With that objective achieved, he let his guard down during a planned meeting in a pub with a set of supporters after they reportedly planned to protest outside his house in Cheshire.
And Jordan has suggested it was “naive” and “stupid” from Arnold to speak to the Man Utd supporters and not expect it to enter the “public domain”.
Jordan said on talkSPORT: “Fans don’t want to hear from you, they want to hear you saying what they want to hear, there is a difference.
“I wouldn’t say what he said, I wouldn’t say I worry how we’re going to get this sorted for the future.
“There’s nothing that you should be saying to these people that you shouldn’t be willing to say in the public domain.
“You’re the chief executive of Manchester United you shouldn’t be saying, ‘I worry how we’re going to get this sorted for the future’, you should know how you’re going to get it sorted for the future.
“The challenge you have is that if you’re going to tell these Man United fans that you need an investor to fund the stadium and you’re going to use Tottenham as an example…
“If I’m a Manchester United fan I’m going to go straight back over the fence and say, ‘The Glazer’s took £1.5billion in interest payments over the last 15 years and dividends, why didn’t they stop taking that and then they wouldn’t need to go to funders to build a stadium’.
“Roman Abramovich was absolutely going to fund a stadium at Chelsea through borrowing money, everybody thinks he was going to build that stadium with his own money, no he wasn’t, he was out in the market place trying to raise funding.
“There’s nothing wrong with borrowing money but, in the space Manchester United are, the United fans are going to go straight back and say, ‘You’ve taken £1.5bn in interest over the 17 years you’ve been there, servicing a debt that you should have never placed on this club in the first place’, so I do understand their premise.”
Jordan added: “Richard Arnold sat in that meeting, if you are that stupid, that gormless, that naive, that wet behind the ears that you’re going to sit in that meeting and think that what you’re saying isn’t going to find its way into the public domain, either verbally or someone recording it – then what’s the matter with you?
“What’s the problem? Be a grown up. You go into a room, you’re in a public environment, it’s about being realistic. Why would Manchester United be unhappy about one iota of this content? It’s what their chief executive thinks isn’t it? In the real world you price it in, get over it.
“They [United fans] don’t want communication, they want the answers they want. They want to be told what they want to be told, they want to be told that the Glazers are going to bugger off, they want to be told that the Glazers are going to buy a new stadium with no cost implications, they want to be told United are going to win the league.
“I think his answers are fine, so stand by it. What are you whining about, why are you crying? Why are Man United unhappy?”
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