Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What's the Plan, Stan? Disgruntled Arsenal Fans' Group Demand Kroenke Gives Them Vision of Future at Agm

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What's the Plan, Stan? Disgruntled Arsenal Fans' Group Demand Kroenke Gives Them Vision of Future at Agm

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent EXCLUSIVE

ARSENAL Supporters' Trust have written to majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, demanding he lays out his future vision for the club at tomorrow's annual general meeting.

The letter, sent last Thursday and seen by Standard Sport, urges the American businessman to honour a pledge made upon taking over the club in 2011.

It reads: "You made the following commitment in the formal takeover document: 'Mr Kroenke has made it a priority to meet with supporters and fan groups in formal and informal settings. He recognises that fans are at the heart of the club. Their opinions and involvement are important to him. Mr Kroenke fully expects himself, the Arsenal directors and club executives to continue to engage with supporters for the long-term good of the club.' The letter continues: "Sadly, it is a commitment that has not been effectively fulfilled even once. Addressing shareholders at the meeting (AGM), many of whom are custodian supporters, would be a positive step. Should you decide to not address the meeting, then we would request as a priority a meeting after the AGM where you can convey your current approach and priorities for the club."

Kroenke usually speaks at the meeting but only to offer his support to manager Arsene Wenger and rein-force his commitment to the club, without providing any detail as to its future direction.

The AST are urging their members to oppose the re-election to the board of chairman Sir Chips Keswick and Kroenke's son, Josh.

Their motion will almost certainly fail as Kroenke Sr holds a 67 per cent stake, however, the AST want a symbolic protest against what they describe as "significant corporate governance failings".

An AST statement read: "We will vote against the resolutions at the AGM to reappoint Sir Chips Keswick and Josh Kroenke to the board of directors. …

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