The winds of change are afoot at Manchester United, just not with regard to players plying their trade on the pitch.
Much of the past summer was clouded with news of a potential sale of Manchester United as the Glazer family purportedly looked at partial to full sales of a club where they have been far from popular for quite some time.
A potential offer from Qatar’s Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani looked to be on the edge of completion on multiple occasions, giving rise to plenty of controversy. In the end, though, his bid did not meet the American’s valuation of the side, and a different offer was expected.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s group has now all but gained a 25 percent stake in the Mancunian side and with the official announcement pending, a big change is now in effect.
Arnold Out, Blanc In?
Manchester United’s CEO Richard Arnold has parted ways with the club and a new man is being searched to take over the helm.
Presently it is understood that their legal counsel Patrick Stewart will take interim charge but the long-term control of the club could be in very capable hands indeed.
Past speculation and recent reports have indicated that former Juventus chief Jean-Claude Blanc is the man most under consideration for the top job at the Premier League club. Blanc has also had a past stint at PSG and boasts plenty of top-tier experience on his hands and has overseen the sports portfolio of Ratcliffe’s INEOS group. This will be crucial for United as Arnold’s final months have been tumultuous, to say the least.
The soon-to-be-former CEO came under much fire for his handling of the Mason Greenwood situation, in particular, and never seemed to lull the waves of criticism that Ed Woodward once most faced at the Theatre of Dreams.
It will be interesting to see what hope and other changes this now brings to United.