David Beckham has reiterated his calls for a change in ownership at Manchester United, saying the club needs stability in management, which it has been lacking over the last decade.
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Beckham has called for change before and has done so again, pointing out that five permanent managers, and three temporary ones in the 10 years since Alex Ferguson has made it impossible for the club to achieve stability and success.
‘I am a true Manchester United fan who only wants the good for our club and only wants us to get back to top level again,’ Beckham told Sportstar. ‘But that has to start at the top. It has to start with ownership.
‘We have talked about the change that should happen. I have been very vocal about Manchester United needing a change. When Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013, there was always going to be a dip. You can’t stay at the top level.
‘But we stayed put for the amount of years because we had the stability of having someone like Sir Alex Ferguson, our manager.
‘Now we have had quite a few managers over the last 10 years and that is unfortunate because it brings the stability that we had with Sir Alex Ferguson, you don’t have that anymore. It shows in the way we play.
‘It shows in the way the club has obviously declined. But we are still Manchester United. No one can change that. We are still, in my eyes, the best club in the world, but there was always going to be a moment where… decline is the wrong word.’
Speaking to Sky Sports last month, Beckham said: ‘We all have our favourites of who we feel needs to run the club and look after the club to take it back to where it belongs.
‘In our eyes, in the fans eyes, we are number one. We want to be back at the top and I believe I know the right people to do that so we’ll see!’
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