The latest Glazer gaffe at Manchester United, has the potential to be their most damaging.
Even before the Super League fiasco, the American owners at Old Trafford were amongst the least popular in the Premier League.
Since taking over the club in 2005, they have leveraged debt against the club, failed to maintain the stadium and overseen a deterioration of the playing staff.
But the baffling decision to sign up to a competition that players and fans detested in equal measure could be the final straw.
Due to the backlash, Joel Glazer was forced to do what the family very rarely do – speak to the fans directly.
In a lengthy apology, Glazer apologised to supporters for misjudging the situation and are now focusing on making amends.
Towards the end of the statement, Joel promised: “This is the world’s greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days.
“It is important for us to put that right.”
It will be very difficult to repair the damage that has been done in the previous days, but football can be a fickle game and if United can finally end their wait for a title next season, it may ease the pressure at least.
In order to do that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to be heavily backed in the transfer window. His top target is believed to be Erling Haaland, with the Borussia Dortmund superstar valued at £150million.
Real Madrid are also in the hunt for the Norwegian, but president Florentino Perez has handed them a major boost by suggesting they will be unable to pull off any deal of that magnitude.
In fact, he predicted no team in Europe would be able to do so, although that feels an assessment rooted in his anger and disappointment at the failed ESL.
“In general, there will not be big transfers this summer,” Perez told El Larguero.
“When money does not flow from the rich clubs to the poor clubs, everyone suffers.
“It’s impossible to make signings like Mbappe and Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League.
“If we don’t sign Mbappe this summer, I don’t think any fan will shoot himself in the head. They know we’re doing our best, and if things don’t happen, it’s because they’re impossible.”
Signing Haaland would move Manchester United back to the pinnacle of European football.
“Manchester United has a rich heritage and we recognise our responsibility to live up to its great traditions and values,” Glazer assured fans. Signing Haaland could prove he really means it.
Florentino Perez took to the radio in a last-gasp attempt to keep his Super League dream alive on Wednesday night.
The president of the controversial competition, which was met with a huge backlash when it was announced on Sunday, discussed teams U-turning, penalisation fees for leaving, Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea supporters in a wide-ranging and, in places, bizarre interview.
Perez began by discussing the elephant in the room – the six Premier League clubs pulling out of the Super League and leaving the tournament in tatters.
And he claimed that there was a rotten apple in the bunch that ultimately infected the group.
Perez told the El Larguero radio station: “There was someone in the English six clubs who did not have much interest. That started to affect the others, there was fear. One of the English clubs was never really convinced.”
European Super League announcement fallout
Perez doesn’t name the club, but it appears either Chelsea or Manchester City are the most likely candidate.
Murmurs Chelsea were getting cold feet emerged on Tuesday night before Manchester City became the first club to issue a statement saying they were backing out of the competition.
Perez went on to issue something of a threat to the clubs who confirmed they are leaving, reminding them why the plan for a Super League was hatched in the first place.
“There are people with privileges who do not want to lose them and are willing to run clubs, although when the clubs are ruined they will lose their privileges,” said Perez.
As unhappy as Perez is that the English teams pulled out of the competition and ruined its worth, he is somewhat sympathetic to their reason for doing so.
“The English clubs tried to do something, but they were being told they were killing football. But there is no other solution than the Super League. Or somebody invents something else,” added Perez.
“They are leaving due to UEFA putting on a show, which surprised me. I don’t want to get into it with the UEFA president, but he needs to be able to talk. It was like we had thrown an atomic bomb.
“They did not let us explain, as they did not want anything to change.”
On the protests in England, he appeared to suggest they had been orchestrated by a higher power, adding: “There were only 40 Chelsea fans, and I could tell who brought them.”
“Who brought those Chelsea fans to protest? Someone moved them.”
As the interview progressed the Real Madrid president also discussed finances and provided clarity on his motives.
“It cannot be that in England, the six lose money, and 14 make money. In Spain, the top three lose money, and the others make money. It cannot continue – at the moment the rich are those who are losing money,” he said.
Following the decision of the Premier League big six to back out of the competition, La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and Serie A outfit Inter Milan did the same thing.
There are murmurs that Barcelona may soon follow suit, while AC Milan and Real Madrid are still standing firm.
Perez admits the Super League is looking less likely now, but is determined to still make it work, and believes there is a chance it can be altered with fewer teams in the competition.
He said: “Juventus and Milan have not left. Barca are thinking about it. Maybe we can change it a bit – that the top four in England enter, the top four in Spain. The important thing is that the big teams play each other, so the kids will watch football.
“The founder clubs believed in this project. It is not dead. We will keep working.”
Another big question of the night was whether the clubs who have backed out of the competition are liable to fines.
Perez has previously made it very clear that the 12 founding clubs all signed ‘binding contracts’, which prevents them from backing out of the competition should they get cold feet.
But Perez is remaining calm on this front.
He is yet to threaten any of the big six with a fine as – as far as he is concerned – the Premier League’s big six are still very much involved in the competition, despite their statements to the contrary.
“Nobody has yet paid the penalisation fee for leaving. We are almost all still in this, they have not left yet,” said Perez.
“All 12 founder clubs signed the same contract, not a comma more or less.”
Finally, and a little off-topic, although Jurgen Klopp isn’t likely to be in Perez’s good books after he failed to provide a ringing endorsement of the Super League and Liverpool later back out of the competition, Perez aimed a dig at the Reds boss.
The Super League chief, now in his role as Real Madrid president, referred to Los Blancos’ recent Champions League win over Liverpool and comments made by Klopp about having to play the away leg on the training pitch rather than at the Bernabeu.
“I don’t know why Klopp did not like Valdebebas,” said Perez. “Here and in Kiev, the same score, 3-1.”
Florentino Perez has revealed that all 12 founding clubs of the European Super League have signed a legally binding contract, which means they cannot leave under any circumstances. The concerning revelation from the Real Madrid president is a dagger to the hearts of loyal fans of the Big Six, who are desperate to see the elaborate plans engineered by their greedy owners fall like a deck of cards.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal are now all facing potential sanctions from both the Premier League and UEFA for their involvement in the controversial breakaway.
UEFA are set to meet later this week to discuss the possibility of kicking City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid out of the Champions League and Europa League respectively with immediate effect.
There’s hope that the threat of serious punishments will force clubs into a rethink but now Perez has sensationally claimed nobody can opt out of the agreement, meaning the European Super League looks set to go ahead.
“The contract of the Super League is binding,” he told El Chiringuito TV.
“Nobody can leave, we will work all together. All the clubs signed the contracts last Saturday, there’s no problem.”
And when asked about UEFA coming down on those involved by booting them out of current competitions, Perez added: “Don’t worry, this will not happen.
“They won’t be banned if they join the Super League.
“Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea, and the other clubs of the Super League will not be banned from the Champions League or domestic leagues, 100 per cent. I’m sure. Impossible.”
Perez also claims the European Super League “will save football”, adding that young people are no longer interested in the game.
He also admitted that he is considering reducing the duration of matches, meaning they may no longer last 90 minutes.
So far, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have signed up while Sevilla rejected the proposal.
Italian giants Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have also agreed to join while impressively, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain stood firm and declined to participate.
Perez also claimed that the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic forced his hand after over two years of secretive talks.
“Together we have lost 5 billion (euros),” he said. “In two seasons Madrid have lost 400 million.”
“When you have no income other than television, you say that the solution is to make more attractive matches that fans from all over the world can see with all the big clubs and we came to the conclusion that if instead of having a Champions League we have a Super League we would be able to alleviate what we have lost.”