TIn response to recent allegations and concerns by some United fans that Sir Alex Ferguson may receive some form of windfall from the Glazer’s proposed flotation of the club, a move which is unpopular with the Old Trafford faithful, the United boss has issued a statement.
Sir Alex stated:
R20;Being aware of the media coverage that is currently ongoing I felt, on this occasion, that I should make my position clear to the Manchester United fans.
R20;In regards to suggestions that I have praised the Glazer Family because I stand to financially benefit from the proposed IPO, there is not a single grain of truth in this allegation. I do not receive any payments, directly or indirectly, from the IPO.
R20;Ultimately, I run the football side of this club and in order to do this, you need backing from above.
R20;The Glazer family have let me get on with my job, there is no interference or obstruction, only support.
R20;My decisions and beliefs are not based around what is best for my personal financial gain. That is an accusation that insults me. If that was the case, I would have left Old Trafford a long time ago.
R20;I am speaking out because I do not want a situation to develop whereby the media and other parties create a rift, however small, between myself and any Manchester United fan. I’ve spent 25 years of my life pushing this club forward and not only could I not have done it without those fans, I do it for them.”
Almost every single United fan will be relieved to know that Sir Alex isn’t defending the Glazer’s due to any R20;thirty pieces of silver” form of payout. Fergie doesn’t have much choice when it comes to the owners of the club and despite what some may claim he would be pretty foolish to try and public criticise them.
Whether Sir Alex truly believes the Glazer’s haven’t been detrimental to what’s happening on the pitch at United remains to be seen- we’ll probably never find out until they actually leave- but at least it’s comforting to know, he isn’t backing them due to any financial rewards.