Gary Neville has given the Glazer family a lengthy to-do list at Manchester United after making a passionate call for them to sell the club.
The Glazers’ time in charge at Old Trafford has proven hugely unpopular with supporters, with a number of protests having taken place during their tenure. The relationship between the owners and the fans hit an all-time low last year when they became heavily involved in the failed formation of the European Super League.
The Glazers have also been largely blamed for United’s lack of success since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. The Reds have failed to win the league since the Scot’s departure in 2013, and have dropped further away from contention as the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea have overtaken them.
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Speaking on his The Overlap Youtube channel, Neville made an impassioned plea for the American family to sell the club as soon as possible. Recognising they may decide not to though, the former United captain gave them a lengthy list of jobs in order for them to prove their worth at United.
“In terms of the Glazer family, post the Super League they said they were going to communicate with the club, they said they were going to change things. They’ve not changed anything at this football club, ”Neville said during a live fan debate with Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher.
“My view is there’s a problem right at the very top, there is a massive problem. I think they’ve had 10 years to prove they can be good football operators at Manchester United, beyond Alex Ferguson and David Gill. They’ve proven they can’t do it, they’ve proven they can’t build a successful football club here in Manchester without being propped up by the team Sir Alex Ferguson had and himself being there.
“To me, at this moment in time, the first thing that should happen is they should sell the club. Because of the Super League, because of their 10 years of failure without Sir Alex Ferguson, and the team and the squad he had, I think they should go.
“But if they really want to stay, because you can never force the Glazer family to sell, then they’ve got to do four or five things.
“They’ve got to stop taking the dividends out of the club if they want to reset the culture, because when the owners are pulling money out of the club at the expense of the fans, at the expense of the project, at the expense of a successful team, it’s a bad message from the very top.
“Number two, they’ve got to pay off that debt, and they can do that by selling £ 500million in shares to the fans, not take it out of the club and pay off that debt. They can then rebuild that stadium with £ 1billion, and it does probably need knocking down to be fair. It doesn’t need renovating, it needs a new stadium.
“That money can be funded from a 20-year contract by getting a sponsor in at £ 60-70million a year, call it ‘Something’ Old Trafford, but we have a brand new stadium, and again it resets the culture of Manchester United having the best stadium in the world. That needs to happen.
“They then need to build a new training ground. Me and Roy were part of the squad when we moved 22 years ago. We’ve now got a training ground that’s behind Tottenham and the other training grounds.
“They need to put £ 100-150million a year into a proper sporting project, along with those four things, and then you can say the Glazer family have reset the culture from the top. They’ve got to do something that resets the culture and the principles of the football club. They’ve not done that for 10 years, they need to do it now because the fans are on the edge again. “
The Overlap is a YouTube channel from Gary Neville in partnership with Sky Bet.
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