Should Vinai Venkatesham step down as Arsenal chief goes on apology tour?
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Vinai Venkatesham apologises
Arsenal have made a habit of apologising to people of late as their statement included a sorry note when announcing they would be pulling out of the proposed Super League.
“As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.”
However, their apologies are seemingly going further than just the Arsenal supporters.
Club CEO Vinai Venkatesham has been reportedly ringing around the 14 clubs who were not invited to the SL to apologise.
It is said that whilst it was seen as ‘awkward’ that the call and sentiment has been appreciated.
The Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham has been calling PL club execs among the 14 today to apologise for his club’s actions re European Super League, according to sources. Conversations described as rather awkward but sentiment behind it appreciated
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) April 21, 2021
Venkatesham has not stopped there as he also apologised to the players and manager Mikel Arteta for the situation also.
Club has apologised to fans, Vinai Venkatesham has apologised to his own players and staff… now rival Prem clubs. Not excusing the original actions, but at least they’re trying. https://t.co/6ulWoFFOBA
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) April 21, 2021
This came after it was revealed that the players had in fact been left in the dark by those higher up in the club as to the whole ordeal throughout the fiasco before it then crumbled.
Been told the Arsenal players are still in the dark over the club’s Super League plans. No meetings with club execs, nothing as yet. Presumably something will happen in due course but owners opting to not even communicate with their own players isn’t a good look.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) April 20, 2021
Should Vinai step down?
Already Manchester United’s Ed Woodward has been confirmed to be leaving the club at the end of the year after the club’s players began a process whereby Woodward felt he could not remain at the club.
Also Manchester United could leave the #SuperLeague soon.
Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw were the spokesmen of the squad’s dissatisfaction against the #SuperLeague. That’s how it started and that’s why Ed Woodward decided to resign [at the end of 2021]. 🔴 #MUFC #ManUtd
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 20, 2021
With Vinai Venkatesham having revealed to have been fully involved in the process to have Arsenal enter the Super League, similar questions have been raised.
The CEO left the European Club Association as Arsenal’s representative on the board.
Vinai Venkatesham has stood down from his position on the ECA board. Arsenal have left the ECA.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) April 19, 2021
He joined the board just two months ago with Arsenal saying, “We’re delighted that Vinai has been appointed to the ECA‘s board. The ECA represents clubs across Europe and is central to helping shape the future of the game with UEFA and FIFA.”
Therefore, with Venkatesham as fully involved in the process as seemingly those above him, is it a fair argument that he should step down from his role within the club?
What do the fans think?
The growing calls for the owner Stan Kroenke to leave Arsenal have intensified since the Super League chaos.
Many would like to see the back of the CEO now as much as they would the owner Kroenke.
Vinai Venkatesham has to resign now for Arsenal, especially after stepping down from his board seat at ECA
— Mason (@TL_Mason) April 20, 2021
Vinai Venkatesham’s position is untenable, he must resign immediately @Arsenal
— DB (@Gooner1884) April 20, 2021
Why has Vinai Venkatesham not resigned yet?
He was quick to resign from the ECA, so already has a letter of resignation written up. Just change the heading and address it to Arsenal. #KroenkeOut
— Dylan A. Pearson (@DylanAPearson) April 22, 2021
I’ve written to Vinai Venkatesham @Arsenal CEO suggesting he and other board members resign, due to their poor business judgement. After the #cancelsuperleague fiasco, what crazy thing will they do next? Time for you all to find other careers @AFSCLondon @REDactionAFC
— Peter Marsh (@PeterMarsh307) April 22, 2021
However, some still believe he was more of a victim in the process and just doing as ordered by his own superiors.
This may not be popular, but I’ve always liked Vinai. I think he’s a very sincere, intelligent and decent chap. He genuinely loves working in football & at Arsenal. I think being CEO would’ve been his dream job, so I hope he is allowed to stay on. #KroenkeOut
— FK ☕️ (@fkhanage) April 21, 2021
Unpopular for a reason? There was little in the way of similar views across the Arsenal social sphere to be found.