Are the Glazers just not meant for sports franchise ownership?

It’s safe to say that the Glazer family is not the most beloved family by Mancunians. However, they can rest assured that they aren’t the only population that have an unfavorable view of the Glazers. Fans of the American football team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have also had their fair share of issues with the family. 

Both clubs within the last 10 years have begun to struggle with business management, players, and coaching staff all beginning to perform well under par of what the fans have gotten used to. Under the Glazer’s both clubs have achieved league champion status, with the Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl in 2003, and Manchester United winning the Premier league in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and finally 2013.

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However, one thing is similar about the start of the clubs’ declines, both have begun after the resignation of a long-time manager, or head coach in the Buccaneers’ case. For Tampa Bay, head coach Jon Gruden was the one coaching the team when they won the Super Bowl in 2003. He started with the team in 2002 and was let go by the team at the end of the 2007/08 season after a couple of rough seasons.

Since he was released, the team has not made it to the playoffs since and is on their fifth head coach. In the case of Manchester United, they are now on manager number four after Sir Alex’s retirement, and the failure seasons of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho. The major consistency in both clubs’ struggles is the Glazer family and their recent lack of inclinations to spend large sums on their investments.

It’s not that they don’t at all, but it is clear that in both of the team’s situations, they were hoping that they could somehow find a formula for a cheap, but successful team. Many can agree that maybe a manager or two wouldn’t have been fired if it wasn’t for the lack of a decent budget.

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Unfortunately for them and most importantly the fans, this money saving venture has not been successful, and both teams find themselves in the midst of a long period of rough and painful losing seasons. While the Glazer’s at one time did put their money where their mouth is and build a strong franchise.

Nowadays fans are questioning whether or not the family is cut out to be owners any longer. Especially in this modern world of exponential value growth on players around the world, being cheap just is not an option in any sport whatsoever.

Written by Joel Dulka

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