As I start, dear reader, I freely beg for your indulgence. To get to the point we must first understand the context, and as such we must first talk soccer.
In 2005, Malcolm Glazer finalized his buyout of Manchester United Football Club and placed his son’s Joel and Avram as co-chairmen. Certainly one of the most successful teams and additionally one of the worlds most recognizable brands. The Glazer’s now held ownership of two “football” teams, one playing a sport known worldwide as football, soccer and as the Canadians refer to it “that kick puck game!” As well as the American Football franchise, the Buccaneers. Whilst both games are referred to as football, one prides itself on tough play and hard hits, the other game is littered with players pretending to be shot at the slightest contact.
When the Glazers took control at Manchester United, they were in a perfect position. The club had clear direction and stability. A purpose that had been in place since 1986 with the incumbent manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Player recruitment, youth development, and everything else that came with running a soccer club was already in place. All the young Glazers had to do was sit back and count the money.
This all changed dramatically in 2013. After 27 years in charge, Sir Alex retired. Stepping down and recommending a successor for the role. This changed the focal point and put Joel and Avram in a position where they were now responsible for pointing the club in a new direction. As executive positions and coaching roles were vacated, the Glazers had to fill these with the right people.
In the years that have followed, the fortunes of Manchester United have declined. Many inside the club have pointed toward a distinct lack of direction, issues with recruiting new players, overpaying some players who are well past their prime, and low balling up and coming talent. The players who are brought in don’t seem to match the system they are being asked to play in. Ultimately this has lead to 5 managers in 6 seasons.
Does any of this sound familiar?
On January 26th, 2003, Malcolm Glazer and the Bucs finally realized a dream. So far that Super Bowl is the sole glory for this Tampa team. In April 2006, Malcolm Glazer suffered a stroke, and this put his sons front and centre as the people responsible for steering the ship.
Is it mere coincidence that both teams have suffered since the younger Glazers have taken the reins?