Not such a special relationship: US owners' checkered history of investing in English soccer

May 03, 2021 at 23:53

Fans say their hands off approach shows the US owners have little or no understanding of why English soccer fans care so passionately about the clubs they support.
One former Manchester United chief executive -- Peter Kenyon -- agrees with that characterization of his former team's owners.
"I'm not sure the people who are in that club now know what the club is all about."
Fans are seen protesting Manchester United's Glazer ownership outside the stadium.
Some 200 people also congregated outside The Lowry Hotel, Salford where the United players were staying ahead of the match, to protest against the club's US owners.
Manchester United was one of the 12 clubs.
CNN has reached out to the Glazer family, Kroenke and Henry for comment.
The United Trinity statue is seen as fans protest Manchester United's Glazer ownership outside the stadium.
DebtSince taking over Manchester United in 2005, the Glazer family -- which also owns the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- has never really won fans over.
Manchester United was a debt-free club before the Glazers bought the team.
Sunday wasn't the first time United fans staged a protest.
Part of that plan called for a " share scheme" which would give fans similar voting rights to the Glazer family.