Out of reach, not out of mind: the Glazer-fan dynamic at Manchester United

Large debt, relative lack of trophies since 2013 and failure to engage with fans have made the owners deeply unpopularNo trophy since 2017 and no league title for eight years: the Glazers’ divisive ownership of Manchester United provoked Sunday’s protest at Old Trafford and the Americans are considered (by some) solely responsible for a flatlining of success on the pitch.A debt that stands at £487m and the £1bn-plus in interest payments servicing this since the Glazers bought United in 2005 have a corollary, the charge goes, in a four-year silverware drought and only three trophies since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped away in 2013, none of which have been league title No 21. Related: Glazers intend to stay and turn Manchester United into $10bn business Related: Fans saw the Glazers’ money tricks 16 years ago but no one listened | David Conn Continue reading…

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Roy Hodgson to leave Crystal Palace and retire as a manager at end of season

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  • ‘Time is right for me to step away,’ he says

Roy Hodgson is to leave Crystal Palace and retire as a manager at the end of the season. The announcement was made before Wednesday’s game at home to Arsenal, allowing the fans returning to Selhurst Park to pay tribute to the 73-year-old, who has kept Palace in the Premier League since taking over in 2017.

“After more than 45 years of coaching I have decided that the time is right for me to step away from the rigours of top-flight Premier League football, so our final two matches will be my last ones as manager of Crystal Palace,” Hodgson said.

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