Sunday 18 March 2018

Manchester United's future now in the hands of three mystery Glazers

Mark Ogden

While the death of Malcolm Glazer will have no immediate effect on the day-to-day affairs of Manchester United, the long-term implications may only become clear through the actions of the three unknown Glazers on the Old Trafford board.

Kevin and Edward Glazer, and their sister, Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, are the low-profile members of the family, but they own the same stake in United as the club's co-chairmen Joel and Avram Glazer and fellow director Bryan Glazer.

Joel, Avram and Bryan are regular visitors to Old Trafford for first-team fixtures, but while Kevin is known to have attended at least one United game, Edward and Darcie have shown less inclination to make the trip from Florida to Manchester during the family's nine-year reign as the club's owners.

With 10 per cent of United's shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the remaining 90 per cent is split equally between Malcolm Glazer's six children.

Joel, Avram and Bryan are regarded as being passionate about United and sport in general, with the brothers traditionally spending the first half of the season watching their Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL franchise before attending Old Trafford from January onwards.

Kevin, Edward and Darcie are mystery figures, however, and the loss of their father - the patriarch of the family business - could lead to a reassessment of their involvement in United.

There has been speculation in the United States that some members of the group are prepared to sell their stake in the club, but with the Glazers proving to be tight-knit family averse to public comment, confirmation of such speculation is impossible to attain.

Edward serves as co-chairman of Tampa Bay Buccaneers and co-president of the Glazer Family Foundation - a role also held by Darcie, who is a psychology graduate and a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Kevin Glazer, appointed as a United director following the NYSE flotation in August 2012, is co-chairman of First Allied Corporation having graduated from Ithaca College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

While senior figures at Old Trafford have stressed that it will remain business as usual at the club following the death of Malcolm Glazer, only time will tell whether his passing proves to be a significant moment in the family's stewardship of the club.

Having shown little obvious interest in the team in the past, Kevin, Edward and Darcie Glazer may now hold the future of Manchester United in their hands.

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