Man Utd CEO branded "stupid, gormless buffoon" after fans filmed tell-all

Simon Jordan branded Manchester United's Richard Arnold a "gormless buffoon" after the chief executive was secretly filmed having a conversation with disgruntled fans in a beer garden.

In the footage of the meeting, Arnold didn't hold back about the performance of his predecessor Ed Woodward. The Essex-born executive also conceded the club “f***ing burned through cash" and the last year had been a "f***ing nightmare".

And the topic of the impromptu meeting came up on TalkSport with Jordan and Jim White on their radio show. Former Crystal Palace owner Jordan claimed the CEO was "wet behind the ears".

He said: "Richard Arnold sat in that meeting. If you are that stupid and that gormless and that naive and that wet behind the ears that you're going to sit there and think that what you're saying isn't going to find its way into the public domain, even by a regurgitation of someone verbally giving back what you've said or someone recording it, what the hell is the matter with you?"

Presenter White explained Arnold went into the showdown talks with "all heart and goodwill" and that it was possible he had no idea such talks would find their way out. The Scottish journalist said: "Jim, be a grown up. You're going into a room, you're in a public domain environment."

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However then again later in their debate, White claimed "Maybe Richard Arnold thought "they're not going to record this because I've come here in all good faith'."

But Jordan retorted: "Then he's a gormless buffoon then, isn't he? And by the way, why would Manchester United be unhappy about one iota of this content? It's what their chief executive thinks, isn't it? If you don't think it, don't say it. When they walked through the door, did Richard Arnold stand there with his little group and say "I want you to sign a waiver saying that you will not record this?" Grow up, it's the real world we live in."

The footage went viral of Arnold addressing fans in a local pub near his Cheshire home, as he called for calm amid ruminations that protests would be taking place outside his property.

The 51-year-old successor to Ed Woodward reportedly asked the fans not to film their frank discussion and was left disappointed by the video.

Meanwhile, Sky Sport pundit Jamie Carragher observed on Twitter: "Every fan moans about not getting access to people at the top of their club, this is the reason why they don't. Fair play to Richard Arnold."

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