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M.U.S.T rumbles of discontent

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A story thats been developing over a week or so is the ever growing discontent over at Manchester United, with fans calls for the Glazer family to leave the club becoming louder.

With debts growing to around £700 million under the Glazers ownership, United fans are justifiably concerned and want to see the club in new hands. The Manchester United Supporters Trust aka MUST are leading an ever visible campaign against the owners. The gold and green scarves have become present at United matches, representing the colours of the clubs original name, Newton Heath.

There have been speculations of a takeover bid from a group known as Red Knights, but this speculation has been dismissed by those in the club. Indeed, even Alex Ferguson was linked with the takeover bid, but this has been dismissed. Further developments to this story have emerged in the Telegraph, with investment bank Nomura being appointed to advise the Red Knights group on a proposal which can be presented to the Glazer family.

Following United’s win last night over AC Milan, David Beckham was shown wearing a green and gold scarf, with some speculating that he himself supported the MUST ideology about the Manchester United owners, but he was later quoted as saying, “It’s the old colours of United but, to be honest, it’s not my business. I’m a United fan and I support the club. I always will, but it’s got nothing to do with me how it’s run”.

I’m not sure Mr. Beckham. As a fan of any football club, it is important to be aware of what is happening, and to be the keepers of the club, in terms of you watch over the club and make sure that the club that you love is being looked after properly. If anything, high profile fans should be making even more people aware of problems of finance in football, as their added celebrity weight will add credibility to any campaign, and will get people to stop and think about what they can do to ensure the safeguarding of the club for the future.

Supporters groups such as MUST are vital in safeguarding our countries football. We can no longer stand by and be bedazzled by these mega rich owners who are sweeping in and buying clubs, while amassing huge debts and putting the club in jeopardy in the future. Manchester United are a huge club, and are a jewel in the crown of this country in terms of sport. They have cultivated some fantastic English players, and in general the talent they bring through their academy is of a very high standard, and these players have gone on to play in every stage of this countries league system.

With Chester being wound up by the HMRC yesterday, finance is once again the big issue of the day. Although it is hard to believe that Manchester United would ever get to that stage, surely examples of these smaller clubs going out of business should send shockwaves into every league, and force people to wake up to the reality that football, in this country at least, will not be able to sustain mass debt.


Written by Nicole Carroll

March 11, 2010 at 10:04 am

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  1. An excellent article that really importantly highlights the things we share as fans – whether Chester or Man Utd. Great stuff.

    Kevin Rye

    March 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    • No matter who we support, or where we play, issues like this should unite fans. Fan power is going to prove massively important, if writing about it contributes to the cause, then so be it! Thanks for taking the time to read

      Nicole Carroll

      March 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  2. As a United fan myself I have made the conscious decision to boycott all games, merchandise and what-not as part of the G&G protest. Having recently moved to the UK from Australia, this was not the easiest decision for me to make, as United were a big part of the reason I came over here.

    However, I cannot stand by whilst the Glazers drive us further into the ground with this business “plan” that will send us into a never ending spiral of debt repayments. As we are now seeing with the Portsmouth’s and Chester’s of the world, your existence as a club is a privilege, not a right.

    I know of a few fellow fans who have done the same as I, but until the Season Ticket Holders and Members take a stand together and really start to hit the Glazers where it truly hurts (the wallet), I fear the Red Knights movement will come to nothing. Which is a damn shame as they would be far superior owners to the clowns we’ve got now.

    Love United, Hate Glazer.

    James Walker

    March 11, 2010 at 3:19 pm

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