The Trust is being used by the club as a mouthpiece to communicate to fans. This latest ‘q&a’ reeks of a sudden desperate need to explain themselves.Strummer the Trust has never claimed to speak on behalf of all supporters. It has also made efforts to bring supporter groups together without success, but it will be trying again soon - the Fan Led Review requires this if the supporter view is to be as influential as it needs to be.
What is frustrating is that too many people have no regard for the real facts and make quotes which are utterly wrong - such as the Trust membership, it’s influence, and it’s impact. When challenged no-one backs it up but instead post more non-facts. Sadly this is a feature of modern life.
I made a genuine offer to talk directly with - that offer stands, but requires you to make contact with me.
Those who believe the Trust is an elite few could not be more wrong - we are genuine people with a largely working class background but with a huge love and affinity for our football club. The Board is elected by and accountable to its sizeable membership; it is scrutinised by the FSA, and accountable to the FCA. We work actively at local and national level to promote the interests of Forest supporters. We also undertake community initiatives to help disadvantaged groups, to promote diversity, and to support those with mental health challenges.
Every Forest supporter group has its own ambitions and distinct approach - some have formal accountable structures and some don’t, some have modest annual charges and some don’t. The reality is that the great majority of Forest supporters belong to no group - therefore canvassing a representative view of all supporters is virtually impossible.
These groups need to co-exist whilst fulfilling their own roles. Some clubs have achieved this by recognising the value of working together; other clubs have been unable to break down the barriers between supporter groups and therefore have less traction and influence with their club. This is a real problem if we are to see the benefits of the Fan Led Review.
This forum is very different to the supporters groups as it is ‘a forum for discussion’ with widely ranging views which rarely can achieve consensus, let alone present an agreed position to the Club. It performs an important but very different role to Supporter Groups.
My background has required honesty and integrity throughout a long career. I never criticise other Supporter Groups but respect the work they do. I respect the views of others which may differ from mine as long as they are factually correct. The Trust has a similar approach and genuinely holds the Club to account which is why there is an extensive report to members on the recent Q & A. There will be a further recorded Q & A with the Club Chairman based on member questions.
I respect yourself and others who run and moderate this forum, and acknowledge the time and commitment you give. However, when posts are factually incorrect and abusive to the Trust or me I will respond.
Cohesion not division for the benefit of all Forest supporters should be the objective.
I refuse to accept that the questions posed originated from the Trust - it smacks of a convenient ( last minute ) need to explain themselves.
Unacceptable - and Forza quite rightly responded.