Sir Jim Ratcliffe to oppose Sir Alex Ferguson’s rule with ‘brutal’ changes made to training ground

Times change and nothing is always a negative - but those affected may feel outraged!

Manchester United minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly set to oppose Sir Alex Ferguson’s golden rule by kicking staff members out of the main canteen at the club Carrington Training Ground. Ratcliffe, 71 is conducting an overhaul of the football operations.

It is suggested that an email has already been sent out to non-playing club staff offering them voluntarily redundancy with one week to decide their futures. Also the future of Manager Erik ten Hag still remains unclear with the Dutchman holidaying in Ibiza whilst a decision is being made.

Ratcliffe has also imposed five rules for the club, which in my opinion are good for the future of the club, which states United will only sign players under 25, who are not galactic-type players, the technical director will set the style of play – which all seem pretty good for the club.

In addition to those, the manager of the club will only be asked what positions he wants to sign and then Ineos will give three players names per position for the manager to choose from. It all seems good because United have moved on from manager to manager leaving a mess behind.

Now staff are to be removed from the main canteen so they will not be able to eat with the players of the football club. The Mail has reported that staff at the club who do not “directly work” with the players will have to dine in a “separate area” at lunchtime – which seems fine to me.

Obviously, it is going to create a them and us type scenario were one side is seen as special and the other meaningless – but there are positives to look at – nothing is always negative. Ferguson, during his time as manager allowed all staff to eat together but times have changed.

Since Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season, winning the clubs last Premier League title, they have hardly impressed on the football pitch winning the FA Community Shield twice, to Emirates FA Cups, two Football League Cups and the UEFA Europa League.

Now is the time for Manchester United to reform itself as a winning club and to return to the dominance it once had both domestically and on the European stage. If Ratcliffe manages to oversee this return to the club, then whatever he does is going to be praised, not moaned about.

Written by Paul


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