Gary Neville and Simon Jordan have butted heads after the Sky Sports pundit slammed the Glazers, who are set to take dividends out of Manchester United once again
Neville took issue with the Glazers’ plans to take further dividends out of the club – something that he has been particularly vocal about in the past. The American owners have overseen a decade of failings in the north west with the Red Devils struggling for silverware.
Their infrastructure has also been called into question amid claims their stadium and training ground are now second rate as other clubs continue to invest whilst United have failed to do so, all whilst their owners, who are rarely seen on match days, continue to take cash out of the club.
Neville said on social media: “The Glazer Family should NOT be taking £11m in dividends this Friday. It isn’t right with the investment needed in the team, stadium and training ground. The clubs cash position is low compared to previous years. An announcement is needed to halt it for the next 3 years minimum.”
Jordan, who has previously lamented the Sky Sports pundit for his commentary on several issues, claimed his comments stem from a want to feed his following.
He said on TalkSport when quizzed on Neville’s tweet: “So he’s a balance sheet analyst now is he?” He then added: “I think you can point it out if you want to. What are you pointing it out for? You’re doing so because you know its currency, you know its juice for you, Mayor of Manchester.”
Neville responded by saying: “He really doesn’t know Manchester United’s current financial predicament does he”. United are currently attempting to lead a squad rebuild with Erik ten Hag at the helm, although they do not have the lure and bonuses that come with the Champions League.
The former United player has previously laid out a five-point plan for the Glazers, the first of which called on the owners to stop taking cash out of the club. He said on the Overlap : “Number one, they’ve got to stop taking the dividends out of the club if they want to reset the culture. When the owners are pulling money out of the club at the expense of a successful team, it’s a bad message from the very top.”
Neville also urged the American owners to sell shares to rid United of £500m worth of debt whilst knocking down Old Trafford and rebuilding a state-of-the-art stadium before selling off the naming rights.