- Aug 20, 2019
Exactly this. It's lazy to blame the Glaziers.First off, they are absolutely nothing like Mike Ashley.
Secondly, I'm going to go against the grain here and argue that the Glazers are guilty of the same thing as half of our fanbase, too often looking backwards starry-eyed and falling into the nostalgia trap. The irony of it all is that the most nostalgic amongst us appear to be the ones who despise the owners the most.
Sir Alex Ferguson worked wonders with these owners in charge and our two worst managerial appointments since SAF's retirement have been the ones recommended by SAF & Gill, and by a long distance.
The owners have spent enough money since SAF's retirement for us to be in a much better position than we are now, but they just can't seem to get the most important appointment correct. Woodward and co. have made 2 managerial appointments themselves, and I backed them bringing in both LVG and Mourinho, however in hindsight they are were never going to fit in or work here, and going from one to the other was a feck up of monumental proportions and cost the club an insane amount of money. In just 2 years LVG had already gutted the squad and brought in his own players for his system, and switching to Mourinho was always going to mean the same thing, it was ridiculously and needlessly expensive.
The Ole appointment is definitely a SAF/Gill/advisory board thing and at least this appointment has some of the right ideals in mind even if the appointment itself was beyond incompetent. I'm rather hopeful that the entire club got a wake up call after Mourinho and that the next manager won't be another flip flap and total rebuild, but a continuation of the work the club and current management team have done.
I genuinely, and probably naively believe that the club took in Ole because the next manager will share some of his and the clubs ideals and will continue this project rather than tearing it up. If Poch (preferred) or Nagelsmann were to replace Ole in the Summer I really do believe we'd be looking at a brighter future than what we have seen these past 6 years.
Regarding Managerial appointments post-Fergie:
David Moyes -Recommended by Fergie himself. Are they supposed to overrule him.
LVG -Had a lot of success in his long managerial career.
Jose Mourinho -One of the most successful managers of all time.
OGS -Club legend. Who had the best job interview any manager had ever had with our record under him as caretaker manager.
They have spent enormous amounts on players since Fergie left (figures from transfermarkt):
Pogba: £94.5M (most expensive central midfielder in the premier league and a world record transfer fee at the time)
Maguire: £78.3M (most expensive center-back in the premier league, most expensive defender of all time)
Lakaku: £76.23M (most expensive premier league striker of all time)
Di Maria: £67.5M (British transfer record at the time)
Wan-Bissaka: £49.5M (most expensive right-back of all time)
That's 14 players of £30M or more. Some players are the most expensive players in their position in the world.
Glaziers have done their part in regards to spending the money required to win trophies.