Dear Stateside Jacks Members,
We would first like to apologize to everyone for how cryptic our previous statement was. We felt there was a need to inform everyone that we have spoken to the club since our first statement. The club did agree to chat with us, but unfortunately there was much of the conversation that we can not disclose due to our Stateside Jacks agreement with the club.
We would like to clarify the following before we continue; The Swans Trust was aware of the conversation that would be held between Stateside Jacks and the board. Stateside Jacks does not have any equity in the club nor plans to acquire any equity in the future. We are strictly a supporter group for the club created by fans of the club who happen to live in America, Swansea expats and Americans alike. There were no negotiations during this conversation because it was nothing more than a discussion about our frustrations with the current dealings of Swansea City AFC.
While we are not at liberty to disclose all of our questions/comments and responses, there are a few things we can disclose. After our initial post, there was a large amount of frustrated comments and slander thrown towards Stateside Jacks as well as personal threats, which is unacceptable behavior in general. Everything we do is out of love for the club, we have not earned, nor will earn a penny from our association with the Swans.
Here is what we can say about our short, one hour conversation:
1. Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan were not on the call, however two active members of the board were
2. There was no discussion of stock options or plans for SSJ to gain equity in the club
3. We expressed our desire for the club to be more transparent with the Swansea fanbase regarding their current financial status and transfer decisions.
4. The owners have acknowledged that they've mismanaged their PR and wish to change the image of their interaction with the club
We want to assure each of you that the we are doing everything that we can from this side of the pond. While we do not have a stake in the club like the Trust, we just didn’t feel right sitting by doing nothing while the trust fights the good fight. We all want the same thing, which is for Swansea to go back to “The Swansea Way”. The club does wish to work with us as well as the other supporter groups in order to build a relationship of honesty, understanding and trust. As always it is the Stateside Jacks committee’s responsibility to represent the voice of its member base, in doing so we will be as transparent as we can on the outcome of our discussions with the caveat that we will not be able to disclose any information that we consider as private.