Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Man. United's U.S. Owners Keeping A Low Profile
Times Online, May 20th, 2008 2:45PM

MOST READ


Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, would still not win any popularity contests in the city, but they are at least "coming to be regarded as the least worst owners of the top four clubs" in England, says Matt Dickinson. Although that might sound like damning them with faint praise, "it is a whole lot more praise than they are used to." Being liked more than Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich or Liverpool's feuding co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks may not be much to brag about, but it's a start.
 
The Americans are not doing anything particularly well with the club, it's more that they're not doing anything at all. Thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson and his players, the team keeps on winning league titles, and on Wednesday will appear in the Champions League final. Apart from some Americanization on the business side, such as putting up ticket prices to squeeze yet more money out of the fans, the Glazers have "left it to David Gill, the chief executive, to bring in the vast profits that help to make the huge interest repayments (£42million [$84 million] annually)" that the club became burdened with after the Glazers' takeover.
 
They've been to a few high-profile games, but have largely given up the pretense of being fans by tacitly demonstrating that their involvement with Manchester United is a business relationship. "They have had the sense, at least, to know their place in the scheme of things," says Dickinson, and until Sir Alex calls it a day, they will not face "anything more challenging than to fine-tune a thriving company."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Guardiola: I Would Leave Bayern if Asked    
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he would be happy to leave the German giant after ...
Hazard a 'Major Doubt' for UCL Semi    
Chelsea on Friday confirmed that playmaker Eden Hazard is "major doubt" for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League ...
Neymar to Miss at Least Four Weeks     
Barcelona starlet Neymar looks set to miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury ...
Klinsmann on Altidore's Situation    
In the latest edition of Road to the Roster, U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann ...
Liverpool Players Lead PFA Awards Lists     
Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard were nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association's ...
Cruyff: Barca Needs to Restore Laporta, Guardiola     
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff thinks the best way to turn the Catalan giant's fortunes around is ...
Ronaldo Could Miss First Game vs. Bayern     
Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del ...
Report: Moyes Must Qualify for Europa League    
Manchester United coach David Moyes is understood to be under pressure from the Glazer family, the ...
Bayern Eases into German Cup Final     
Bayern Munich on Wednesday remained on course for a record 17th German Cup by crushing second ...
Pellegrini: 'Mentally Tired' City Not Out of Title Race    
Manuel Pellegrini admitted that Manchester City is mentally tired after his team could only manage a ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives