Posts Tagged ‘The Glazers’

There may be a new sheriff in town but, unfortunately for him, the posse he sends out to round up the wanted men is full of the same inexperience and clueless leadership as it was under the previous sheriff.

John Murtough, who is described as ‘Director of Football’, was promoted to this role based on previous experience of having coached the academies at Fulham, Everton and United which was followed by trying his hand at sports science!

Another strange promotion was that of Richard Arnold, a clone of Ed Woodward, who was put in overall charge when the hated Woodward finally fell on his sword.


With the recent protests and pressure from fans around the world, the Glazer family were reported last week to be willing to sell a minority stake in the club. Amid this heated situation and the resulting developments, Joshua Raymond, Director at financial brokerage XTB, has provided some expert commentary on some key points regarding the situation:

What are the main reasons for the protests?

The protest itself is clearly designed to heap pressure on the Glazer family to sell the club and these protestors have been encouraged by rumours of a potential stake sale to US based hedge fund Apollo. It’s prudent to remember the last time we saw large scale protests that garnered mass media attention, the club was forced to pull out of the controversial European Super League. So, there is now form for this sort of tactic by fans, which will not help the stability around the club as long as bid rumours persist.



Meet the Glazers (from L to R): Avram, Joel, Kevin, Bryan, Darcie and Edward

The parasitic Glazer family or, to be more precise, the parasitic patriarch of the Glazer family, Malcolm, bought Manchester United in 2005. He bought the club purely as a cash cow which he could milk as and when he pleased. This has now been the case for the last 15 years and has resulted in more than £1billion being taken out of the club.

The deal to buy United was advised by an investment banker working for JP Morgan called Ed Woodward. As everybody is now very well aware, his pound of flesh for brokering the deal, (on top of his very fat commission cheque), was to be given the job of CEO at Old Trafford which, on the retirement of David Gill, also saw him take over the role of “transfer guru“. (more…)


The reasons for the current problems at Manchester United can be summed up quite simply.

1. The owners know absolutely nothing about football.
2. The CEO knows absolutely nothing about football.
3. The manager knows absolutely nothing about the tactical side of football, communicating with supporters or managing players.

With a CV which includes managing a third rate club in Norway and taking Cardiff City from the Premier League to the Championship, there was no reason to even consider Ole Gunnar Solskjær for the manager’s job at Old Trafford, let alone actually appoint him. (more…)



It seems to have been a relatively straightforward appointment. Jose Mourinho became Manchester United manager after a short break during which Ed Woodward dithered, as usual, over what to do about Louis “the loser” van Gaal.

Finally, Woodward’s decision was made for him as United, for the second time in three years, finished outside of the Champion’s League places. Winning the FA Cup was never going to be enough to save the Dutchman, who had produced boringly slow football for the majority of his time at Old Trafford. (more…)


Louis van Gaal is finally gone. After two years of boring, monotonous, sideways-backwards and sleep inducing football, he has finally been invited to do one to his villa in Portugal where he can send his family to sleep with tales of his tactical brilliance whilst managing to win one trophy during his time at Old Trafford.

Has fanpower finally managed to dethrone the king? It is highly unlikely that this was the main reason, although it will have come into the thought process. In fairness, if the fans had managed to get their way then van Gaal would have been gone before Christmas.

United have made exactly the same mistake with van Gaal as they did with Moyes which was leaving him in charge until it was mathematically impossible to qualify for the Champion’s League. In both instances a replacement should have been given the opportunity much earlier.

It is hard to understand why both managers were given as long as they were when both tenures ended in relative failure and that outcome was an obvious one from very early in both campaigns. (more…)