Sir Jim Ratcliffe, 71, will invest £1.3 billion, acquiring a 25% stake in Manchester United, signaling a significant influence. This means he’ll have a big say in how the football side of things is run. While it’s not certain if he’ll become the main owner, he wants a lot of control over the important football decisions, pushing aside the Glazers family, who will still own most of the club and handle the business side of Manchester United.
Ratcliffe wants to work with Sir Dave Brailsford to bring in a new CEO for Manchester United, replacing Richard Arnold. Potential changes in football management may involve replacing John Murtough with a new person overseeing the football side.
Ratcliffe wants to hire a sporting director for Manchester United, and he’s looking at people like Paolo Maldini, Paul Mitchell, and Dougie Freedman for the job. This demonstrates his strong desire to wield significant influence in shaping the football operations of Manchester United.
The Glazers and Manchester United: A Legacy of Problems
Many Manchester United fans are upset with the Glazer family who own the club. The Glazers burdened the club with a substantial amount of debt when they purchased it in 2005. This debt has kept the club from spending enough money on players, upgrading the stadium, and other important things. Fans believe that the Glazers’ emphasis on debt repayment has harmed the team’s performance and future planning ability, causing frustration.
Many Manchester United fans are upset because they feel the Glazer family, who own the club, doesn’t communicate well with them. Fans don’t like that decisions are made without talking to them and that the owners seem distant. European Super League bid exacerbated the owner-fan divide, exposing a stark contrast in priorities between Glazers and Manchester United supporters.
Fans are really unhappy with the Glazer family who own Manchester United. They’re upset because the owners don’t involve them in decisions and there’s a big gap between what the owners want and what the fans want. This has led to protests and calls for more say in how the club is run. Glazers’ ownership led to financial strain, and strained fan relations, hindering Manchester United’s success on and off the field.