People always believe what they want to believe.
And people have the right to change their opinions as and when things happen.
So the IPO breakdown is out. It appears that the Glazers will now split the profits from this floatation…rather than plough it back into the club. This fact is hardly surprising. We understand their motives. It’s painfully obvious. However, there is one curveball in all this that I didn’t see coming:
Page 113 of the prospectus states: ‘to be awarded to select employees, consultants and non-employee directors’
Hmm. This line on its own is open to interpretation. However, if you have ever operated in a commercial business before the sentiment is fairly straight forward. Those that help the owners run the business…will profit. Simple. The participants in this award…well we will probably never know for sure…for we are only the fans! What right do we have to know??!! In business terms…none.
So who are these ‘select employees’ ?
Well, David Gill will be one. For sure. He is the ultimate Glazer puppet. He is also a very easy target, for those who bang the LUHG drum. Those who sit around a boardroom table are often demonized. They hold the purse strings. It’s easy to think of them as financial devils when sometimes they are not! But what about Fergie? Is he a ‘select employee’?? I would say any manager of any football club would be considered as having such a standing in the business..especially the greatest coach of all time, who likes his fingers in all the pies.
Now this could very easily turn into an Alex Ferguson witch-hunt, so its important to step away from the rifle…so it is not within arms reach. The financial stripping of our club is more emotive than any non-signing. Any bit of transfer tat. Some fans amazingly don’t understand this. I’ve always tried to shy away from the political element of Manchester United. Why? Cos frankly it is boring compared to watching the lads play! But I do understand that somethings can’t be brushed under the carpet. And there is a question now that must be addressed:
Will Alex Ferguson’s wallet directly benefit from this cash extraction by the Glazers under the cloak of this IPO?
Now as I said this is no witch-hunt. But the outcome could very well destroy the 25 year legacy of the man who rescued our club from failure. How? Because if he is a willing participant in the siphoning of wealth from the Man Utd coffers…the wealth that allows us to compete…the wealth that will safeguard the future of our club…then he will be as guilty as Malcolm Glazer and his horrid little family.
I understand that is a strong statement, so let me explain.
I love Fergie. He is the legend of all legends. I don’t need to pontificate about his achievements or his standing amongst us match going Reds..whom he claps and waves to every match, and who we sing about…like we are a scratched record. I’ve always proclaimed that with the Glazers in charge id rather have Fergie around. Id rather have the Godfather of this club on hand, when we have such septic owners. He can offer us the balance. The mediation. He can keep us successful when we no longer play on a level footing with the likes of City.
IF…and it is an ‘if’…the great man himself takes a cut of the cash being extracted from our club…what does this do to our relationship with him?
For me, it destroys it.
Could I sing his name if it comes to pass he joined in the robbery?
You see, my thoughts always were that if Sir Alex witnessed a huge scale cash extraction from the club, as this IPO will facilitate, that he would make a stand…not be compliant and actually join in. Once again it is pertinent to say we do not know for sure if he will be part of this…but with the wording of the prospectus…its highly likely.
The man who has always rang the Manchester United bell, the vocal socialist who talks of togetherness and solidarity…will be trashing everything he appeared to ever worked for. There are so many lies in football now, it’s very hard to breathe. It feels like drowning. But you look for constants. Fergie was that for me. And now…we have this. Id rather see Sir Alex resign, than see him comply with this part of the Glazer’s ideology. In fact…that is what I thought he would do…if he ever witnessed this horrendous act of theft. This is the clubs money, being taken under the guise of: “Oh it’s just how business is done these days isn’t it”….utter garbage.
In a related issue, I have been called a Glazer sympathizer because of my words I have written. I always said that outside of the financial mess that them Americans have made for our club, that we should judge them on trophies. In a non-political, non-financial sense…I stand by that. But as the years have rolled on things have disintegrated off the pitch. Its getting worse. The signings are not forthcoming, though the Glazers are still purchasing. We hear a million tons of spin to shut us up and many fans drink it. That we are Manchester United! That we are invincible! That we shall OVERCOME!…there isnt an ounce of realism in any of it. It is pure comic book.
I refuse to think like this. I judge and evaluate on every individual aspect. Not what is popular, or sounds the best to the Top Reds that pollute Twitter.
So now it is a waiting game…and in my opinion…an itchy and uncomfortable one. We should be thinking about the new season. Instead we are thinking about the possible act of treachery by the father of our club. That I think, is something worth worrying about! Many United fans disagree, and in true naivety believe it will all just be alright in the end…that we will win a few games, and it will all be forgotten.
But I tell you this from the heart:
Our achievements over the past generation will be utterly bastardised…if the one man we thought we could always trust…stabs us straight in the heart. If this comes to pass, I think my lifelong support of United would be declared terminally ill…ready for the grave against its own will. In fact, I think that would be it for football and I. The thousands of pounds I have spent…the thousands of hours travelling…it will all have been for nothing. I’m not a holy man…but I pray Sir Alex makes a stand and protects our love for him…and doesnt throw it straight back in our faces, for one final pre-retirement pay day.
Today, im not quite sure which way this will go.