Manchester United chief executive David Gill says manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s job at Old Trafford is safe.
Ferguson has failed to bring the Premiership title or a European trophy to Old Trafford for three seasons.
But Gill told the News of the World:
“Maybe he would have gone at certain clubs but is that right? Look at Real Madrid. Where have they ended up? We are different – we stick with our people. Changing the rider does not mean the horse is going to win. The Glazers have the top guy, they know it and nothing will change,” added Gill. “They are very comfortable with Sir Alex and never question his position. They recognised straight away that he was a key part of the strength of the club. One day there will be a change but we hope that is a long way off. We have a great manager and, while he has the enthusiasm and the knowledge to develop players like Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, we don’t want to change.”
This comes amongst a series of press appearances from the MU board in the press.
Manchester United finance director Andy Anson has revealed the club are ready to spend big this summer to make sure they sign the right players. Previously they paid £29.3m for Rio Ferdinand and £27m for Wayne Rooney, but Anson says they would be willing to pay similarly large fees in the future.
“If we need a world class player, then we’ll get him and provide the best deal. What we must do which we’ve not always done is get the best value deal. It goes into the central pot, we manage it as a business and then we decide where we’re going to spend at the start of each season when we do our budget. The budget for transfers for this year was already allocated and that remains unchanged – it’s a big amount anyway – and Sir Alex is confident he can get the players he needs this summer. If we need a world class player for a certain position, then the Glazers have made it very clear that that’s what we will do.”
Last week United signed a £56m four-year shirt sponsorship deal with finance company AIG – the first major deal since Malcolm Glazer and his family bought a majority stake in the club last summer.
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