Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Times: Ferguson rallies fans in United's hour of need / Interest from clubs slows as problems become apparent

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Ferguson rallies fans in United's hour of need
Source: Edited from The Times

(edited from longer article regarding Ferguson and MUFC)

United supporters have suffered more than a few knockbacks in recent times. While they could brush off recent accusations of “stupidity” by Carlos Queiroz, the assistant manager, some were so disenfranchised by the Glazer family’s takeover last summer and by the perceived lack of resistance shown by men such as Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton that they sought to establish a breakaway club, FC United of Manchester, who are ploughing their way through the Moore & Company Construction Solicitors second division and targeting a place in the Football League by 2012. The Glazer takeover was not the only reason for the formation of the breakaway club. There was a growing feeling of alienation in the stands from the team, from multimillionaires with little regard for those who were indirectly financing their glamorous lifestyles.

Interest from clubs slows as problems become apparent
Source: The Times (Edited from longer article)
(edited from longer article regarding Roy Keanes departure from MUFC)

Or, and perhaps this is less fanciful than it may first appear, Keane could cross town and join FC United. His rants against the “prawn sandwich eaters” and the rampant commercialisation of the sport indicate that his philosophy is not so different from the hardcore United supporters who walked away after the Malcolm Glazer takeover. It would be a way for him to burnish his image, not only among United fans but among football purists worldwide. And he would not even have to move house as he plays a little football and completes his coaching badges.