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5 Questions You'd Love to Ask Manchester United Owner Malcolm Glazer

Paul AnsorgeFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2014

5 Questions You'd Love to Ask Manchester United Owner Malcolm Glazer

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    Malcolm Glazer and his family acquired Manchester United in a leveraged buyout in 2005. The family have been in charge ever since, with significant sums leaving the club.

    Their time in charge has coincided with success on the pitch, but they have done little to enable this, barring leaving Sir Alex Ferguson to his own devices.

    Here are five questions, addressed to the whole Glazer family.

When Are You Planning to Leave?

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    Given the eye-watering sums of money removed from the club under your ownership, this must surely be the first question.

    Manchester United’s financial position has been dramatically negatively affected over the past decade by money that has left the club to service the debt. The Guardian put the figure that has left the club at £696 million.

    Glazer apologists, who rather shockingly still exist among United fans, cite the club’s success on the pitch as evidence that the Glazers are not bad owners.

    It is clear to anyone prepared to take the time to study the financial realities that success has happened in spite of them, not because of them.

    So, gentlemen, when are you leaving? Any chance it could be pretty soon? 

How Much Time Does David Moyes Have?

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    Given that David Moyes was gifted a six-year contract, and given that the club’s messaging around his arrival was dedicated to notions of continuity and long-termism, how much time does Moyes really have to turn things around?

    If fortunes on the pitch do not change, do you have a timescale for taking action? What does that timescale look like? 

Do You Regret Making Ed Woodward Chief Executive?

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    Ed Woodward did an excellent job for you when he was in charge of the commercial arm of the club. He also represented you during the leveraged takeover of the club and is clearly an ally

    However, by background, he is not a "football person."

    Given that he replaced a man with huge experience and a vast network of contacts, would bringing in someone with more expertise in the field have been a more appropriate choice?

    Woodward appears to have done a fine job with the acquisition of Juan Mata, but the rest of United’s transfer dealings in his time in charge have been less edifying.

    Do you have any regrets about his appointment?

What Are Your Plans for Old Trafford?

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    This question breaks down into three parts.

    Firstly, do you have any plans to sell naming rights? It's a relief this has not yet happened. Hopefully the "Mr. Potatodome at Old Trafford" remains the stuff of nightmares.

    Secondly, do you have any plans for expansion? Old Trafford is huge, but some of our potential rivals for European dominance have larger stadiums. Do you think something could be done about the acoustics, so that one side of the ground could hear the other? This might help the atmosphere.

    Thirdly, speaking of atmosphere, what are your thoughts on safe standing? Is there any chance that the Stretford End will turn into a red version of Dortmund’s "yellow wall"?

No, Seriously, When Are You Planning to Leave?

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    Is there anything we can do to help? Need a bag packed or anything?

    Your time at the club has been painful to endure. You acquired it, burdened it with debt and sought to profit from the affection fans have for their team with no thought for the best interests of those fans.

    As David Moyes struggles to make his mark on the club, his job is made more difficult by the financial position you are responsible for. The debt may be more manageable than it once was, but the club would be better off without it.

    If you need a plane timetable, just let us know. 

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