Southampton have launched a new initiative that aims to give fans more of a voice.
Via the club’s official website, it was announced that the coastal outfit have introduced ‘Saints Voice’, which is a panel that will give supporters the opportunity to speak directly to members of the club’s hierarchy.
The plan is for 12 fans to meet with key staff three to four times a year to hold talks about a wide range of off-the-pitch topics.
The supporters are encouraged to put forward their own ideas on how certain things can be improved.
On the field, the Saints have struggled this season, winning just five of their 27 Premier League games.
Following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, the club sit in the relegation zone, one point from safety.
Many fans have been vocal about the on-pitch troubles, and manager Mauricio Pellegrino has taken the brunt of criticism.
This latest initiative from the club has sparked further conversation from fans on Twitter.
Should be fun pic.twitter.com/vYYh2r4c4g
— Colin Dyke (@BaddesleyBill) February 13, 2018
Why bother now, it’s clear those in charge of club couldn’t care less what us ordinary Saints fans think !! This is nothing more than a PR stunt designed to stave off justified accusations of a lack of the transparency that was promised but not delivered to date in any way !!
— Rob (@RowsellRob) February 13, 2018
Will this be a true representation of the fan base or will they be vetted so they can tell you what you want to hear
— Gary Broomfield (@broomie8) February 13, 2018
What’s the point of having a panel why don’t they just read what’s written on twitter every day. Poor transfer policy, stop being a selling club and sack the manager. There I’ve saved them the hassle of starting a pointless panel !!!
— Terry (@Bennett2Terry) February 13, 2018
— lynn baskerville (@lynniebas) February 13, 2018
Why not have a regular fans forum and give more people a voice? Not sure a hand picked forum is going to represent the fans.
— Andrew Davis (@andydavis1978) February 13, 2018
Just look the twitter feed to see what fans think
— Penny C (@pennysaintsfc) February 13, 2018
This is a joke the club doesn’t care about us fans and never will with reed and Krueger in control if they listened to the fans pellegrino would be gone
— steve (@jerrim1987) February 13, 2018