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We all want Glazer out but is there anyone better?

Like many thousands of Manchester United fans, I cannot wait for the day when the Glazer family sell up and go back to their many other interests in America because they have never been and cannot ever become genuine football people. There may be another side of the coin however that as unpalatable as it may be to most of us, could be worth having a look at. It must be made clear that these are purely personal thoughts, not necessarily shared by other members of the Truly Reds team.

The first reality that must be accepted is that football in 2010 is nothing like the game that most of us grew up with, not even as recently as a mere twenty years ago. We may not like it but it’s a fact of life. Football is now a made for television global game as shown by the recent World Cup in South Africa. The days of clubs being in existence primarily for the sake of local communities are long gone unless they are content to compete in small, parochial leagues.

Real is no longer simply a Madrid club, Barca does not only exist for the people of Barcelona, Inter represents more than the city of Milan and Manchester United is no different. To remain among the giants of the game, the traditional local club has no other alternative but to become a global brand and to do that it takes money, a massive amount of it.

The question therefore becomes one of where it’s best for that money to come from. It could be from a Russian oligarch who wants a toy to play with, a Middle East sheikh who needs to boost his ego, a local government willing to throw millions at its city club for political reasons as they do in Madrid or from an investor such as the one United is stuck with. The millions taken out of the club to help pay for the Glazers private debts is hard to stomach but let’s face it, that’s what investors do in the capitalist world we live in.

Most of the other complaints about the club owners centre on the huge increase in the cost of season tickets and the apparent lack of funds available for Sir Alex Ferguson to bring in the sort of big money signings that he used to do in previous years. Nobody enjoys being hit in the pocket as football fans increasingly are today but the £100,000 a week type of wages demanded by players in order to compete have to come from somewhere irrespective who the owners are.

That then leaves us with the question of money being available for player transfers. Both the club CEO and Sir Alex have repeatedly insisted that the funds are there whenever needed. Are they blatantly lying? Ferguson has been at Old Trafford long enough for everyone to know that he’s not afraid to call a spade a spade. It certainly would not be like him to look after his boss’ interests if by doing so he runs the risk of damaging a jealously guarded reputation of football’s most successful manager. Besides, at his age, why would he care about protecting a job that he will soon be retiring from anyway?

Maybe it’s not the Glazers that are causing the lack of transfer activity. Sir Alex may genuinely believe that what’s available on the market with the costs involved in transfer fees and wages does not justify holding back some of the talented youngsters he has at his disposal. Either that or he has simply lost the plot, a possibility which like so many others, I would not be prepared to bet upon.

The bottom line is that the Glazers may not be the best owners Manchester United can possibly have but the truth is that some sort of investor is a must if the club is to remain a global giant. Investors buy into a business in order to make money so whether we like it or not, we may be just as disgruntled with anyone who may replace them if and when the Glaziers are finally gone.

Disappointed? Not what you wanted to hear? Sorry, that’s about as blunt as it can possibly get! I may be way off the mark here but I have no doubt that you will let me know if I am.

What’s your major objection to the Glazers ownership of Manchester United?

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No Responses to “We all want Glazer out but is there anyone better?”

  1. xenon says:

    i agree. although i want to see the glazers out they have not done a bad job. we did win 3 titles in a row and got to 2 champions league finals and won one of them under the glazers before this season. im sure it is in their interest that man utd continue to challenge at the highest level so i am not worried at all for the moment.

  2. Patrick says:

    My major objection is the fact that the Glazers have taken us from a debt free club to one that is in debt up to its neck….they bought the club with moeny borrowed against the assets of the club….how can that be right? This is a result of the freewheeling, uncontrolled and irresponsible financial climate that existed at the time. This kind of leveraged buyout would not be possible today….we haemorrhage money at an alarming rate just to service the debt. We also seem to be a piggy bank for the Glazer family to dip into whenever they feel like it.

    I don’t for one minute accept that SAF is telling it like it is. He has always played the political game as far as the Glazers are concerned. There is value in the market…we simply don’t appear to have the funds….

  3. Franco Mizzi says:

    Well said my friend. This is the most reasoned assessment I have come across and I for one fully agree with you further more I believe our supporters are damaging the Brand Name of Manchester United and the team. I think we should get on with and try to protest in a more civil manner thus not attracting the media spot-light and believe me they are having a field day enjoying every minute of it.

  4. bruce thomas says:

    “Like many thousands of Manchester United fans, I cannot wait for the day when the Glazer family sell up and go back to their many other interests in America.”

    — They haven’t got any; they’ve all gone tits up. Only United left to go and they’ll have a clean sweep.

  5. Aj says:

    Fergie is right, theres no value as even average 20m or less players are put at 30-50m and its pathetic, why should we waste our cash because others are. Fergie no value line isnt new either as hes used it for years and doesnt get taken for a ride. we have a great squad and awesome youth and dont need to waste cash on players, maybe one more signing. we are the biggest in the world and dont need to overspend on players to stay at the top. bruce, tampa bay bucs still stand and like us, they hate the glazers

  6. Aj says:

    the cash is there, Fergie just doesnt think we need loads of signings and he is right as usual.. we have the right squad and talented youth aswell as 2 new signings already and dont need to spend big as we will still challenge for the league and in europe and some fans need to stop worrying over the next season as we wll win the premier league and do so without wasting money on not needed signings. the glazers willgo one day and we will still be the biggest club in the game and its all thanks to Fergie.

  7. Chris says:

    You make some good points. Nevertheless our situation could be better. We could be sold to an owner who doesn’t have huge debt, leaving us more money to spend on players. Or we could be refloated on the stockmarket again. The likely £20m – 30m a year in dividends we would have to pay is much smaller than our current interest payments.

    There are tax advantages to the Glazers’ setup (basically we don’t pay tax). But even allowing for that we would be better of with alternative arrangements.

    The real problem is that the Glazers may not be in a position to finance the spending that is necessary to keep United competitive. That could make us drop out of the top four and lose more money, sell players and plummet down the league.

  8. WatchMUFC says:

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  9. HARDIK says:

    we all knw dat Glazer is having a huge dept and he can get rid of that by making someone else as the caretaker of UNITED , it isnt that Glazer wll not get money for that the will get a huge amont and wid that the can fullfil his dept and then he will live his life and let the UNITED fans live .Common Glazer dont spoil the beutiful history of UNITED !

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