Glentoran Supporters Union calls for unity after 'frank and honest' meeting with Ali Pour

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The Glentoran Supporters Union [GSU] says it held an "extremely positive, successful and informative meeting" with club owner Ali Shams Pour. In a statement released by the GSU on Friday the group said "an open, frank and honest" meeting was held between both parties on Thursday 23 May.

Following the departure of Warren Feeney in March the amalgamation of 16 Glentoran Supporters' Clubs wrote to Mr Pour calling for a "root and branch review" into the club's failings on and off the pitch. The group claimed at the time the club's problems "run much deeper than the man in the dugout".

Mr Pour was in Belfast this week to meet with the fans and speaking ahead of the scheduled meeting, he told Belfast Live: "I am meeting with fans today. I am looking forward to it. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time.

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"There is a lot of misinformation out there. And all these fans see is the men's first-team performances and that's how they are gauging the success of the whole club. But it shouldn't be like that."

The statement released by the GSU on Friday afternoon, on behalf of 18 supporters' clubs, echoed those sentiments and revealed the club is currently in the process of appointing a new Chief Executive, who will "oversee all areas of the club" with interviews to continue over the next few months.

The GSU were also assured that Declan Devine, who was appointed as permanent manager before the end of last season, "has total control" of all football matters at the club. The GSU called on all fans to throw their support behind Devine and the team for next season saying "unity is strength" ahead of an "extremely important" 12 months for the future of Glentoran Football Club.

"We have no doubts that Ali Shams Pour wants the same as all Glentoran supporters and is keen to deliver success both on and off the pitch," the statement read. "We had many conversations which, at this stage, are not for public disclosure, but are extremely encouraging for our future. We have no doubts about Ali's commitment to Glentoran and our financial security.

"We hope we have the trust of the wider Glentoran fanbase to have relayed and addressed their concerns and that we have set up a line of communication to our majority shareholder moving forward. Ali mide it clear that he too needs our help and we can all work together.

"This being said we encourage the wider Glentoran fanbase to throw their support behind Declan Devine and his team for the season ahead, that we can rest assured that the issues that have existed within our club are being immediately addressed and we will hopefully once again be supporting a successful Glentoran soon.

"Unity is strength and the next 12 months for Glentoran are extremely important for the future of our club."

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