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Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Agony of the Manchester United Fan

For the first time in my life, I actually feel sorry for Manchester United fans.

Fans of the British football team Manchester United, are faced with confusion and uncertainty as Malcolm Glazer, the American sports tycoon tightens his grip on the premiership club.

From a club that was achieving success and running debt free, Mr Glazer's intervention turns it into a club with huge debt liabilities.

In this BBC News Report former Manchester United director Greg Dyke is quoted as saying that the family will be forced to relinquish it's holding by 2010;

More than a third of Mr Glazer's £790m offer for the club, is debt secured against United's assets, such as its Old Trafford stadium, while a further £275m comes from loans from three US hedge funds.

"I think most of us who have looked at it think he can't conceivably fund that bid," Mr Dyke told BBC Radio Five Live.

"He's clearly bought this on borrowed money and I don't think a club like Manchester United could sustain that."

Fans are rightly questioning how Mr Glazer aims to repay these debts - speculation has included higher ticket prices, and even possible sponsorship deals that would see Old Trafford renamed!

Given this situation many Manchester United fans are aiming to hasten Mr Glazer's departure by refusing to buy Man Utd merchandise, or even to buy match tickets, starving him of the funds he needs to repay the debt.

This must be agonising to fans in two ways, one in not being able to show allegiance to their team, and in having to explain to their children why they cant have the Man Utd wallpaper and bedspreads they have been promised for Christmas.

The other is that in starving Mr Glazer of funds, they are also starving their own team - they see it as analogous to chemotherapy - in aiming to rid the body of a cancer, it is neccessary to cause a certain amount of harm to the body itself.

Who will win? The power of the corporate dollar, or the power of the ordinary fan?

Those of us who do not support Manchester United will watch closely - after all, who is to say that our own teams will not be next


At 4:35 PM, Blogger Comrade_Smirnoff said...

I can empathize with the Man U fans. I would be afraid if John McCririck bought my football team. He'll probably try to turn Old Trafford into a Horse racing venue.

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