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Ancelotti Launches Caustic Critique of Manchester United and Arsenal Owners

Incoming Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has launched a scathing criticism of the owners of Manchester United and Arsenal, accusing them of caring little about the on-pitch results of the clubs.

The former Real Madrid coach, speaking with TalkSport believes that the Glazer family and Stan Kroeneke, owners of Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, care solely about the clubs’ financial results which could be to the detriment of both teams.

The Italian was quoted as saying “I think the difference now is that the owners of Arsenal and Manchester United are removed [from the club] in America. They are not so passionate.

There are two important aspects in football – the result and the financial aspects. I think Arsenal and Manchester United are more focused on the financial aspects.”

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The former Chelsea boss believes such attitudes compare unfavorably to fellow traditional European powerhouses such as Real Madrid and AC Milan for whom he claimed ‘the most important thing is the result’.

Despite his comments, Ancelotti acknowledged that such owner outlooks may be responsible for Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger remaining at the helm of the clubs for so long and admitted that both coaches “have done fantastic jobs for all the years they’ve been there.”

Real Madrid Training and Press Conference
Supporters of both clubs may well agree with Ancelotti’s opinions.

Arsenal fans have seen their club consistently abstain from big money transfers for the last number of years, and have made do with their side finishing either 3rd or 4th in the league for every season from 2006 to 2015. Manchester United fans will perhaps suggest that at least Arsenal fans got a new stadium in exchange for their financial prudence.

While Louis Van Gaal was seemingly quite profligate in his spending, the sums involved are still dwarfed by that spent by Manchester City in the last five years.

Add to that the fact that the money involved was only a fraction of the revenue generated by the club and its easy to see where Ancelotti is coming from. The club has seen hundreds of millions of pounds funnelled out in recent years in the form of debt repayments and shareholder dividends.

Had such money been spent in improving on pitch performances rather than the club’s stock price on Wall Street, then perhaps Manchester United would have Champions League football to look forward to next year.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.