Valencia’s ‘fake fans’ statement causing problemsNovember 13, 2017
A club statement from Valencia owner Peter Lim has caused upset amongst fans and staff at the club, claims Sky Sports commentator Terry Gibson.
Lim’s company bought a controlling stake at the Mestalla back in 2014 in a move which caused unrest amongst the club’s fans and struggles on the pitch.
Since the takeover from Lim’s holdings company – Valencia fans have seen several different managers arrive and quickly depart.
Ernesto Valverde, Miroslav Djukic, Juan Antonio Pizzi, Nuno Espirito Santo, Voro, Gary Neville, Paco Ayestaran and Cesare Prandelli have all failed to get the club back to its very best.
Having had to deal with fan protests, Lim and his company have now released a statement about the problems they have encountered.
“Since Meriton took control of VCF, a number of fake fans from different sectors have tried to dominate the news about VCF and have sold fake news and lies to our real fans,” read the statement.
“These fake fans are loud and are motivated by self-interests, not the interests of VCF, and certainly not the interests of the real fans who form the silent majority.
“Through a series of editorials, we will tell our real fans the truth about how Meriton saved this Club from the nearly irreparable damage done by previous managements and has brought it to its successful position today.
“Peter Lim owns Meriton. Meriton controls VCF. We know what we’re doing. Meriton will focus on building the relationship between VCF and our real fans. And together we will unite behind the coach and team.”
Los Che are on their best form in the last ten years at present, having failed to be beaten in the league so far this season.
New manager Marcelino Garcia Toral has transformed them into genuine title contenders, getting the very best out of players such as Ezequiel Garay, Rodrigo and Simone Zaza.
And, Gibson, who works as a pundit for Sky Sports has claimed the statement is affecting the good mood around the club.
“It just didn’t need to happen,” he said on Sky Sports’ La Liga Podcast. “They should be basking in this glory of being second, just behind Barcelona after 11 games. But it’s only 11 games, it’s not time yet to gloat or boast.
“There’s still a long way to go and something like this can only harm rather than help the current atmosphere at the club. The time to say it would be if they win the league or finish in the top four, that would be a huge achievement and massive progress from what has happened in recent seasons, and the supporters would be happy.”
Having beaten Leganes 3-0 last time out, Valencia will prepare over the international break to face Espanyol on the road, before a meeting with league leaders Barcelona on the 26th November at the Mestalla.