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Glazers to take “back seat” Manchester United role due to special Sir Jim Ratcliffe clause



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The Glazer family are expected to take a “back seat” role at Manchester United after Sir Jim Ratcliffe purchased 25% of the club.

This is according to The Telegraph, who have explained that there is a clause in Sir Jim Ratcliffe‘s Manchester United minority share purchase that will see him take control of sporting matters at the club.

The report further explains that this would mean that the Glazer family would remain the majority owners of Erik ten Hag‘s club, but would instead take a step back from controlling the day-to-day sporting operations of the team.

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This comes as a major change to United’s current structure, where those involved in footballing matters of the club, such as John Murtough and Ten Hag, would no longer report to the Glazers, but to Ratcliffe instead.

This clause, handing Sir Jim Ratcliffe control of sporting matters at United, explains why he’s willing to pay an estimated £1.35 billion for just a 25% stake in the side.

There is said to be “little doubt” that the British billionaire will shake hands on the deal, with Ratcliffe also wanting to add further clauses that will enable him to eventually stage a full takeover of the club.

It has been speculated that Ratcliffe already has his first hire in mind, with Paul Mitchell a name under consideration to join United as a sporting director.

Mitchell has seen previous success in the role with both AS Monaco and Tottenham, helping guide both clubs to their most successful periods in recent years.