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Red Knights take steps toward Manchester United takeover

The family that owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continues to face a challenge to its ownership of English soccer powerhouse Manchester United.

According to CNN’s London bureau, the so-called “Red Knights” have hired Japanese investment bank Nomura to assist with an effort to secure control of the club.

The “Red Knights” are a consortium of rich folk who hope to put together enough money to make the Glazers an offer they can’t refuse.

Bucs fans would likely welcome such a development, since in theory it would give the Glazers greater resources to devote to their American football team.

The announcement came on the same day that Manchester United played AC Milan in a match that featured a loud protest to the ongoing ownership of the club by the Glazers.  The match featured the return of former Manchester United star David Beckham, who donned the green and gold scarf that has become the symbol of resistance against the team’s American owners.

After the game, Beckham took a more neutral tone.  “I’m a Manchester United fan and when I saw the scarf I wanted to put
it round my neck
,” Beckham said, per the New York Times.  “It’s the old colors of United but, to be honest, it’s
not my business.  I’m a United fan and I support the club.  I always
will, but it’s got nothing to do with me how it’s run.  That’s all to do
with other people.  I just support the team.  I will always support the
team.”

Soccer observers in England viewed the gesture much differently, concluding that the gesture gives life and legitimacy to the Red Knights’ efforts to claim control of the club.

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  1. birdmancometh says: Mar 11, 2010 3:10 PM

    I don’t blame them. It would be weird if a Britt owned the Yankees.

  2. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Mar 11, 2010 3:13 PM

    Some cpu hack should make a PFT Slandering Title Application, where you insert a random fact and the app will produce a controversial article title that will ensure to incite readers.
    Here’s an example:
    Random Fact: Hosstyle in Tampa woke up this morning.
    App Generated Title: “Hosstyle in Tampa Takes Next Step In World Domination”
    If morons were trees, this place would be a rain forest.

  3. ZombieRevolution says: Mar 11, 2010 3:22 PM

    “…since in theory it would give the Glazers greater resources to devote to their American football team.”
    Way to keep hammering TB. Some of your readers wonder if PFT/NBC is too cheap to hire a much needed editor or bring on someone who actually played or coached in NFL on staff.

  4. Florida Funk says: Mar 11, 2010 3:23 PM

    Any chance Florio can take a stab at the Bucs, he takes.
    Were you sexually assaulted by a pirate when you were a boy?
    To be honest this post was a little more actual reporting and a little less ‘wannabe Seinfeld-esque’, which always seems to be peppered in

  5. zappa says: Mar 11, 2010 3:24 PM

    The Glazers should put one of those extremely ugly green and gold neck warmers on. Ugly scarf, ugly family.

  6. big007hed says: Mar 11, 2010 3:30 PM

    Id love to see the Glazers seel Man U and spend way more money on the Bucs

  7. WhoDey_Man says: Mar 11, 2010 3:33 PM

    at first i was confused, then i realized i actually typed http://www.proFUTBOLtalk.com
    my mistake.

  8. ShadyMDUK says: Mar 11, 2010 3:35 PM

    They won the League Cup, they’re second in the Prem, and in the final 8 of the Champions League. What do these douchebags want???
    ———-
    They want rid of the guys who’ve mortgaged the club up to the hilt because they’re broke. They borrowed £600M ($1B) to buy the club. That debt is now up to £720M ($1.2B) and they have annual interest payments of £60M ($100M). And still the Glazers suck money out of the club. Their fans fear for the future if these clowns keep increasing the debt with no apparent plan or assets with which to pay it off.

  9. Mean D says: Mar 11, 2010 3:37 PM

    As bad as Al Davis is, I would take him over the Glazers. At least the Raiders are Al’s #1 priority.

  10. birdmancometh says: Mar 11, 2010 3:37 PM

    Don’t worry, the rain forest will be gone in 30 years anyway so we can sit in fancy chairs.

  11. recent says: Mar 11, 2010 3:39 PM

    Shouldn’t the title of this be ‘David Beckham wears colourful scarf’? Does a washed up soccer player wearing a scarf really give that big of a push to a multi-million dollar takeover attempt?

  12. kappa08 says: Mar 11, 2010 3:44 PM

    what’s the point…the club isn’t worth what they owe.

  13. EG says: Mar 11, 2010 3:44 PM

    dbara43 says:
    March 11, 2010 3:06 PM
    They won the League Cup, they’re second in the Prem, and in the final 8 of the Champions League. What do these douchebags want???
    _________________________________
    aren’t they in HUUUUUUGE debt?

  14. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Mar 11, 2010 3:49 PM

    Thursday, 22Apr10, Madison Square Garden, New York City.
    Roger Goodell at the podium.
    “With the third selection in the 2010 NFL draft, Manchester United selects…”

  15. OLDCRACKER says: Mar 11, 2010 3:49 PM

    WTF? Who cares? Maybe we should discuss how this affects Jennifer Anniston’s next movie.
    If I want to know this, I’ll go to a soccer blog site.

  16. Florida Funk says: Mar 11, 2010 3:54 PM

    Silver&Black-
    Your views are worse than your team.
    No owner is the history of the league is worse than Al Davis.
    You said, “I believe they will sell Manchester United and make a profit of course and continue to milk this cash cow they call the Tampa Bay Buccaneers until this team resembles the Devil Rays ”
    Yeah, selling ManU would be terrible. I mean what kind of business man/group buys a business, owns it for nearly a decade and then sells it for a profit? What the hell are these guys thinking?
    And it’s The RAYS you jackoff. You know, that sorry ass team that beat out their division foes: the Yanks and Red Sox for a World Series appearance.
    How the A’s doing out in Oakland?

  17. FinFan says: Mar 11, 2010 4:07 PM

    Brits are idiots… Tony Blair – nuff said

  18. rob20819 says: Mar 11, 2010 4:15 PM

    As a lifelong Buc fan I sit and I stew, and I grow pissed…at what? The Buc’s recent turn for the worse?…the players?…coaches?…ownership?…the little to no action in the F/A market? NO!
    I’ve grown completely disgusted with those in the media that try to micro analyze every supposed factoid/half truth/rumor about the Glazers finances, every move/non-move by the team in F/A, every reference to the coach and GM’s intellect/or lack thereof? Well truth be told – all that p/o’s me, but what bothers me the most?
    That every “Buc fan” board is filled with the blind leading the blind – the same bandwagon supposed “fans” repeating the same crap over and over and over about the current regime/state of the franchise/etc… These were the same illiterate fools that cried for Dungy’s head. The same blind imbiciles that ran Gruden out of town…and they will be the same lame trash that will be hailing the Bucs as “their” team when we once again contend on a regular basis. Whatever happened to “supporting” your team? It’s a good thing they don’t orphan their kids when they fail to be the brightest in the class…though there would certainly be less of a need for all these Soccer mom vehicles on the road if that were the case!
    Fact is with a rare few exceptions (NE, PHI, IND) modern Pro Football is a cyclical sport. With good coaching/drafting/FA acquisitions – teams will rise from the ashes (with few exeptions; aka: DET), …contend…either capture the championship,… or gradually sink back to the pack and some further.
    The Buc’s started rebuilding in 96’ THRU THE DRAFT and the team reached its zenith with the 2002 SB Championship with a core group of players. Every season had a couple F/A signings to bolster specific areas…not unlike the recent past. The problem with continuity is that gradually your “core group” ages and regardless of how much we love them( ie: M.Alstott, D.Brooks, etc)…their play degrades. So a franchise is left with a “damned if we do….damned if we don’t” decision of keeping them, playing young inexperienced players, or plugging holes with typically overpriced or problem FA’s. Teams that are in this stage (ie: 2008 Buccaneers) have not/will not ever do more than battle for a play-off spot – with no real hope of more than a one and done run.
    So knowing full well for the last five seasons they were furiously treading water (ie: Garcia…etc) to stay afloat, they happened to notice sometime in early January 09’ after their (4) game collapse, below the surface of the water they were treading – they no longer had legs! Change was needed…not wanted.
    The Bucs organization made a conscious decision to rebuild following the pattern set in the mid to late 90’s of building thru the draft and getting younger. (BTW….noticing this seems to be a trend this year – teams going younger. Look no further than this year’s purge of the Carolina Panthers…only one player left on the roster over 30 – Steve Smith)
    Were mistakes made in hiring of the O&D coordinators last year?…without a doubt! Did the Bucs just pretend that wasn’t the reason and carry on as business as usual?…No! They made corrections (Olsen,Morris) and the team improved. 3-13 may not seem like great improvement – but records aren’t the only way to measure improvement. Those that actually watched – saw many younger players rise up, get much needed experience, (ie: Stroughter, Hayes, Freeman, Smith, Jackson, Talib) gain confidence, and vastly improve their play over the course of the season.
    True fans know that although it’d be great – it’s not reality to win the SB every season (check with the half of the league that’s NEVER won one – and some teams never even having been to the game.
    So will 2010 be a championship season for the Buccaneers? Most likely not – but I would be extremely surprised if they didn’t continue to grow the team chemistry that’s been started, improve their record markedly, and once again become a team with the chance to win whenever they line up….like the great Herm Edwards says…”that’s why they play the game”….prognosticators and so called “fans” be damned!!!…

  19. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Mar 11, 2010 4:25 PM

    polishkingski
    That was totally uncalled for.
    It was also funnier than Hell.

  20. WhoDey_Man says: Mar 11, 2010 4:29 PM

    Mean D says:
    As bad as Al Davis is, I would take him over the Glazers. At least the Raiders are Al’s #1 priority.
    more like at least al davis is so damn old he looks like a burn victim. dude’ll be dead before the entire glazer family unless they go out like the o’doyle’s in billy madison.

  21. That's Barrett says: Mar 11, 2010 4:29 PM

    Polishkingski, nice post. You’re a king. I’d disown my son if he wanted to play soccer.

  22. Champ Kind with Sports says: Mar 11, 2010 4:29 PM

    @OLDCRACKER
    I assume you have a favorite team. You do realize that the majority of people could give two shits about your team, right?
    If this article doesn’t interest you, don’t read it.

  23. ampats says: Mar 11, 2010 4:31 PM

    polishkingski, very funny.
    Used to be President of Pop Warner, we used to refer to the kids who played soccer as soccer weenies.
    On Saturdays, they practiced on the hill beside our field and the kids used to tell them to come on over and play football not a weenie sport.

  24. blueridge624 says: Mar 11, 2010 4:36 PM

    Although I think the whole story of the Glazer’s purchase of Man U is interesting, I could care less about that team,its fans or its future. In fact, I wholeheartedly endorse any plans that the Glazers may be harboring with respect to squeezing the last bits of life out of that silly soccer team. Why don’t they just bust Man U up and sell the pieces to the Russian mafia? A better plan might be to simply dissolve the futbol team and re-establish Man U as the first franchise in NFL-UK. A real football team. I’d name the team the Manchester Elephants, have a real elephant as the team mascot and teach it to stand on its hind legs and play the team fight song with its trunk. Oh yes, this is pure gold! Are you listening Glazers?

  25. lololnpnp says: Mar 11, 2010 4:49 PM

    Interesting, an article involving a sport where the players feign being hit and fall down being posted on a blog specializing in a sport where collisions occur constantly. Your idea of what is/isn’t considered NFL news falls more and more into the gray with each passing day.

  26. theravenlives2 says: Mar 11, 2010 5:04 PM

    Back when he bought the Bucs, Glazer illuded to his failed bid to get a team for Baltimore when he said, “And I sure as heck would rather own a team in Tampa than I would in Baltimore.”
    As a Ravens fan, thanks Malcolm, for your shrewd decision making ability. God bless you, buddy!! I don’t think I could be happier with the fact that you don’t own our football team.

  27. stan26 says: Mar 11, 2010 5:05 PM

    If the Brits bought the Yankees, there would be hell to pay!

  28. stephenm says: Mar 11, 2010 5:11 PM

    Some guys here showing their lack of knowledge of Manchester United. A recent report valued the top sporting franchises in the world and United was the most valuable, more valuable than the most highly valued NFL franchise the Cowboys.
    The Glazers have funded the purchase with expensive debt and now the cost of servicing the debt is starting to be a drain on resources. For example, United sold Ronaldo in the most expensive ever soccer transfer, for £80m in the off season. No notable new players were bought. The concern is the club may lose its edge on the field to service the debt.
    The wider debate is can the Glazers properly fund an NFL team and one of the world’s largest franchises. So it’s an interesting story.

  29. paranoidandroid says: Mar 11, 2010 5:36 PM

    I love how ppl somehow think soccer players are less athletic than football players yet in football there is a break between every play while soccer players run nearly the entire 90 minutes.
    And don’t think quarterbacks don’t act like they got nailed to draw a flag or a punter leave his feet to get an extra 15 yards.
    Its amazing just how close-minded some are.

  30. savs says: Mar 11, 2010 5:54 PM

    Finfan: Brits are idiots… Tony Blair – nuff said
    ———————————————-
    errrr pots and kettles and the colour black come to mind – George W. Bush…..TWICE

  31. Bigbluefan says: Mar 11, 2010 5:55 PM

    Here is a little fact that you rednecks may not know
    There are more kids boys and girls playing soccer then Baseball there are more kids playing soccer then football.
    The United States happens to have great men and womens national teams.
    Follow the sport watch the game gotta do something when the NFL is off.
    The United State happens to be a world power in soccer our kids have grown up and are showing the world what they can do.
    Soccer is a demanding sport try it and find out.
    Get hit with out any pads and yes soccer players do hit try a slide tackle on for size 3 months from now when you can walk get online tell me how it went.
    As a fan of the NFL I hate to admit it but most college soccer players would run a pro NFL player into the ground the fitness level of a soccer player is 100x greater then any NFL star.

  32. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Mar 11, 2010 6:22 PM

    “Soccer is the most popular sport on the planet. Yea, cause of third world countries.” – Daniel Tosh
    Seriously though, Soccers cool if that’s your thing, but don’t tell me soccer players run for 90 minutes straight…You act as if they’re sprinting the entire game. We all know that’s not true.
    And any sport that ends it’s championship (especially when it only comes around every 4 years) in a shootout can’t be taken seriously.

  33. Florida Funk says: Mar 11, 2010 6:26 PM

    rob20819-
    Well done. You nailed many topics for the Bucs. It’s like you’re reading my diary

  34. polishkingski says: Mar 11, 2010 6:46 PM

    look, i made the soccer coment as a joke which most took it as. we are looking at a pro football blog correct? calm down!

  35. paranoidandroid says: Mar 11, 2010 7:12 PM

    Hosstyle In Tampa says:
    March 11, 2010 6:22 PM
    “Soccer is the most popular sport on the planet. Yea, cause of third world countries.” – Daniel Tosh
    Seriously though, Soccers cool if that’s your thing, but don’t tell me soccer players run for 90 minutes straight…You act as if they’re sprinting the entire game. We all know that’s not true.
    And any sport that ends it’s championship (especially when it only comes around every 4 years) in a shootout can’t be taken seriously.
    _________
    let me just ask you how many games have you watched? just pick a guy and watch how much je runs. they just don’t stand around waiting for something to happen, they’re constantly moving into open space or marking an opponent.
    so i guess hockey can’t be taken seriously huh? you don’t think thats a tough sport? they end their games in shootouts…….

  36. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Mar 11, 2010 7:57 PM

    Rob20819,
    That was the most comprehensive explanation of the Bucs I’ve seen, to date. Thank god there’s someone else in Tampa with half a brain.
    Paranoidandroid,
    Yes, I don’t take Hockey seriously either (and by that, I mean “The General Population of the United States” doesn’t take hockey or soccer seriously. Don’t blame me, look at the TV ratings). Plus, the NHL has a seven game series for the Stanley Cup, not one game, once every four years.
    You can’t tell me that you liked watching France and Italy end the World Cup in a shoot out?? I agree with you that Soccer players are in great shape (way to go out on a limb there, after all, they are pro athletes).
    I’m just saying that you can’t compare soccer players and football players to determine “who’s the better athlete”. Football talent is compartmentalized. That’s what makes football so great. It is the quintessential “team sport” because each player has a unique job to their position. There are DE’s in the NFL that are freakiest athletes in the world. Yes, soccer players get a great amount of cardio during games, but that doesn’t make them the “better” athlete. But I’m not on the “Soccer’s for F**s side”. I respect soccer and its fans. I’m just giving you a minor ribbing, no big deal. If soccer’s your thing, then that’s great.
    But honestly, no one ever cut their finger off so they could continue to play in the World Cup…

  37. rob20819 says: Mar 12, 2010 7:32 AM

    Hosstyle in Tampa,
    Thanks – and well at least there’s two of us still left…I’d rather have the rest of the bus empty than sit with the wannabes…Go Bucs!

  38. kappa08 says: Mar 12, 2010 8:59 AM

    “They want rid of the guys who’ve mortgaged the club up to the hilt because they’re broke. They borrowed £600M ($1B) to buy the club. That debt is now up to £720M ($1.2B) and they have annual interest payments of £60M ($100M). And still the Glazers suck money out of the club. Their fans fear for the future if these clowns keep increasing the debt with no apparent plan or assets with which to pay it off.”
    …oh grow up ManU fans…if you want to h@te somebody. H@te the group that sold out to the Glazers….”you’re afraid” of what might be? You’re starting to act like a bunch teabagging American sycophants afraid of NOTHING but what you can’t even understand in the first place.
    Seriously, your team is still winning. You have a huge fan base…if you care so much. Then you wouldn’t mind doubling the cost to go see your precious team so you can settle those fears?…yeah that’s what I thought. Just face it…it pi55es you off that a “yank” owns your team sooo bad that you’re asking the Japanese to buy it…unbelievable. If anybody should be angry it’s Bucs fans for having the big obese step sister moving in hogging up all the food and space….

  39. kappa08 says: Mar 12, 2010 9:12 AM

    only a stupid American would denigrate the most lucrative popular sport in the world…this coming from a country that sports the fattest people on the planet…finds political VP’s off of youtube and can’t even build a proper levee in the 21st century….
    seriously find a different take you look silly and ignorant…but what do you care because WE’RE #1!!!! YYYYYYAAAAAARRRRRRR!!!!!!

  40. texasPHINSfan says: Mar 12, 2010 11:26 AM

    I’m embarassed by some of my fellow NFL fans’ reactions to soccer. A LOT of ignorance in this thread. :rolleyes:

  41. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Mar 12, 2010 12:35 PM

    Kappa08,
    I’ll send you over some American toothpaste, if you promise to use it.
    Cheers,
    H.I.T.

  42. kappa08 says: Mar 12, 2010 2:33 PM

    yo hotmess
    no thanks…I get mine at the Target on MLK and 82nd in St. Pete..huuhhh? surprised? yeah that’s right a REAL Bucs fan in the neighborhood that has had enough of ugli American and their boorish attitude towards “the beautiful game” as well as petulant Man U fan that is in MY team’s way and has the nerve to complain about it even though they still win….everybody needs to chill the F out and enjoy what you have. Ain’t none of you got one shred of debt for any of these teams….

  43. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Mar 14, 2010 1:22 PM

    Kappa,
    You stick up for soccer (which is fine). But then you denigrate a tragedy like Hurricane Katrina. How American of you…

  44. kappa08 says: Mar 15, 2010 3:29 PM

    hotmess ho about growing up
    “But then you denigrate a tragedy like Hurricane Katrina.”…
    “I love this country,” Franken says. “But you have to love your country like an adult loves somebody, not like a child loves its Mommy. And right-wing Republicans tend to love America like a child loves its Mommy, where everything Mommy does is okay. But adult love means you’re not in denial, and you want the loved one to be the best they can be.”
    Al Franken

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