The Glazer family remain unpopular owners of Manchester United, and after the Americans’ saw their side humiliated 5-0 at home by Liverpool on Sunday, they’d hoped to win big on Monday – only to experience further failure
They say bad things come in threes, so perhaps the Glazer family will be happy that it’s only been two.
Alas, the Glazer family’s bid to venture into a third sport failed, with their offers to buy one of the two new Indian Premier League teams rendered inadequate.
Avram, with his Lancer Capital private equity firm, stopped at under £500million in his attempts to add a cricket club to his family’s sporting empire.
But it wasn’t anywhere near enough.
The RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group group claimed new franchise Lucknow, who went for over $932million (£686m), while CVC Capital took Ahmedabad after pledging more than $692million (£502m).
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Yet while Avram will fly back to the States from the Far East empty-handed, he’ll be happy not to have been inside Old Trafford on Sunday to experience the sheer discontent and calls for the manager, also a club legend, to be relieved of his duties.
The Glazers now find themselves in the eye of the storm as their decision whether or not to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to engulf the footballing landscape
Richard Arnold, who is Group Managing Director at United, cancelled all of his Monday appointments for crunch talks on Solskjaer’s future and it’s understood that sacking Solskjaer has been discussed.
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Solskjaer’s side have lost five of their last nine games, and despite a big-money summer with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo arriving, they’re already off the Premier League pace.
Ultimately, unless Solskjaer manages to get a consistent tune out of his players, the Glazers will have to push him out by sacking him, with the Norwegian affirming that he will not quit.
“We’ve come too far as a group and we’re too close to give up now,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“I’ve heard nothing else [about a potential departure], and I’m still thinking about tomorrow’s work, of course. We’re all low.
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“I can’t say now that I’ve felt any worse than this. This is the lowest I’ve been. But as I’ve said, I accept the responsibility, and that is mine today. It’s mine going forward.”
He continued: “I do believe in myself, I do believe that I am getting close to what I want with the club, I think what we’ve done, what I’ve seen, the development, of course, the results lately haven’t been good enough.
“But I’ve got to keep strong and I do believe in what we’ve been doing, the coaching staff and the players.”
On the plus side for Avram and co however, their American football outfit, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, beat the Chicago Bears 38-3 on Sunday night as the Super Bowl champions continue in their quest for a repeat.
Yet, while superstar Tom Brady may have made his 600th touchdown pass in the match, it stood no chance of masking United’s crushing at the hands of Liverpool, the Red Devils’ most embarrassing loss during their 16-year reign at Old Trafford.