Manchester United training ground turned ‘toxic’ by furious Sir Jim Ratcliffe email

An communication from Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Manchester United’s new part-owner, infuriated the team’s employees.

The 71-year-old head of Ineos, who also has team control over athletic operations, bought a 25% share in his hometown club earlier this season. Since then, he has made significant behind-the-scenes adjustments.

Although most club members have welcomed Ratcliffe’s arrival, it appears that the British billionaire has caused a stir after sending an email to employees instructing them to improve their behavior.

Ratcliffe called certain parts of the team’s training field and Old Trafford “a disgrace” in the email. It hasn’t gone over well in some circles, with The Sun stating the message has made the mood at Carrington “toxic”.

Ratcliffe stated in the email, “I had a good tour around some of the facilities.” I’m afraid a high level of disarray struck me in numerous spots. In particular, the U18 and U21 dressing rooms weren’t much better, and the IT department was, to put it mildly, a disgrace.

“These standards would not come close to what we would expect at INEOS and we are a chemical company. Manchester United is an elite sporting organisation. It’s a small thing in many ways but unless an organisation has standards and discipline it will not succeed.

“I would be grateful in future if we adopt the proper standards of housekeeping everywhere. It reflects poorly on the club if we have visitors, young player parents, new players and and the media and they see we don’t care enough to keep things shipshape.”

The document that has stirred up controversy within Carrington this week is not the only one that contains Ratcliffe’s criticism of the club’s facilities.

This Thursday, the Manchester United CEO informed employees that the team’s work-from-home policy, which was implemented during the Covid-19 outbreak, would be terminated.

The Guardian claims that after that, he made his stance known to any unhappy workers, saying, “If you don’t like it, please seek alternative employment.”

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