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Scott Moeller (Cass Business School); Otaso Osayimwese (Cass Business School)
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This case looks at the colourful takeover of the world's most famous sports brand - Manchester United Football Club - by Malcolm Glazer in 2005. Glazer, the owner of an American football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, began his purchase of Manchester United in 2003 and launched a hostile bid in 2004. With strong support from loyal fans, Manchester United resisted the takeover. This case shows the defensive techniques used by its board and their advisors. It shows Glazer's actions to thwart those defences. In addition, it covers the financing used by Glazer in this highly leveraged deal and includes detailed financial statements and stock price movements. Regulatory issues in the UK City Code are also covered in the case.


Football; Acquisitions; Takeover; Hostile acquisitions; Acquisition financing; Manchester United Football Club; Defence; Sports finance
GBP160 million turnover
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