The criticisms of OGC Nice’s captain Dante against Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the owner of the Ligue 1 team have resurfaced ahead of his acquisition of a 25 percent stake in Manchester United.
- Dante criticises Ratcliffe’s ownership of Nice after the season 2022/23
- A defender has complained of the large number of transfers that occur each transfer window
- Ratcliffe will buy a 25 percent stake in Man Utd
Ratcliffe’s INEOS is expected to purchase a large stake in Man Utd. Purchasing one quarter of Man Utd’s shares at a cost of $33 each share. His minority takeover will be announced soon.
The quotes in a l’Equipe interview with Nice’s Dante may have dampened expectations about Ratcliffe’s ownership.
Dante, the Nice captain of the moment, has been playing for Ratcliffe’s club since the 70 year old purchased it in 2019.
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Dante, when speaking about Ratcliffe’s ownership of Nice “project”, was quick to criticise INEOS’ management. He cited the large number of transfers incoming and outgoing as something that has hindered progress for the club in recent years.
He began by saying, “I believe at some point in time you need to be very clear about what you are saying.” To maintain a successful project, you may need to be more silent and less talk about your objectives. The expectation becomes even greater, then people become frustrated.
Do you recall how many players arrived at the summer transfer window? Six players left and six came. In these circumstances, it’s hard. We must not repeat the same mistakes.
The earlier you organise yourself, the more likely it is that someone will ask for your opinion. We must anticipate and implement the values in the organization if we are to reach higher goals.
When [Lucien Favre] came, we predicted that in two years we’d always be in Champions League. This doesn’t happen. Ligue 1 can be very tough. We lost ten players, ten arrived. Teams that reach the semi-finals in big tournaments are together for up to four or three years. Last summer, we changed the whole game.
There is an absence of coherence in some place. “I am very sorry to have to say this.”
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