Football Today, June 24, 2022: Manchester United Supporters Trust laments Glazers dividend payouts

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Furor over Glazer dividends

Manchester United Supporters Trust have publicly criticized the club’s owners for preventing the payment of dividends totaling almost £11million.

The Glazer family are expected to collect the majority of the half-yearly payment, which is pending approval despite recent figures showing the Red Devils are nearly £500million in debt.

Posting on Twitter, the Supporters Trust said: “So today the Glazers are paying themselves the lion’s share of an £11million dividend at the end of one of the worst seasons in living memory.

“The reward for failure is bad practice in any business, and totally unacceptable given the current state of affairs in [Manchester] United.

“Both on the pitch and in the stadium, Manchester United are a club in dire need of investment.

“To see more money flowing to owners when, so far this summer, nothing is being invested in new players, is little more than an insult.”

Erik ten Hag is yet to make his first new signing as Red Devils boss, with Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata all having left for free in recent weeks.

The Lionesses welcome the Netherlands

Sarina Wiegman will lead England against her native country tonight

England boss Sarina Wiegman admits tonight’s clash with her native Netherlands will be a “very special” occasion.

Wiegman, 52, enjoyed a sparkling spell in charge of his home country between 2017 and 2021, including leading them to glory at Women’s Euro 2017 – the Netherlands’ first major honor in their history.

Now she leads her Lionesses to Elland Road in what is an intriguing warm-up contest ahead of next month’s continental showpiece.

Wiegman said: “It’s a very special game. I worked with this team for many years and it will be really nice to see them again.

“I don’t think they have changed so much, the players are still the same and they have the same qualities. Maybe they are even better now.

“They’ve adjusted a couple of minor things but they’re still a very good team that I know quite well. I think they’ll play their strongest XI.”

England will also face Switzerland in Zurich next Thursday before kicking off their Euro 2022 campaign against Austria at Old Trafford on July 6.

Dewsbury-Hall extends agreement

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall remains at Leicester
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall remains at Leicester

Leicester have announced that midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has signed a new five-year contract with the club.

A Foxes academy product, Dewsbury-Hall, 23, enjoyed impressive loan spells with Blackpool and Luton before breaking through at the King Power Stadium last season.

He has made 44 appearances in all competitions in 2021-22, winning the club’s Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season awards.

Dewsbury-Hall said: “I’m so proud and I’m really happy. It’s a big day for me and my family.

“A lot of hard work has gone into this deal and it’s a really nice feeling to do it. Now I’m looking forward to the future.

“I have a very good relationship with the football club. I’ve been here since I was eight years old, so it was really a no-brainer when I sat down and we talked about the deal.

“I have very big ambitions for the future and I know the club has them too.”

Allen’s Stoke exit

Joe Allen is leaving Stoke this month
Joe Allen is leaving Stoke this month

Wales international midfielder Joe Allen will end his six-year spell with Championship side Stoke this month.

Allen, 32, had talks about extending his stay in the Potteries but opted to look elsewhere – with a return to boyhood club Swansea supposedly on the cards.

Speaking to the Stoke club website, Allen said: “It’s difficult to leave, but I think it’s the right time for me and the club to part ways.”

Clowes bid for Derby

Property developer David Clowes said he would make an offer for Derby following its purchase of Pride Park.

The Rams Clowes fan, 53, grew up in the area and has also given the club a loan to ensure they can start their Ligue 1 campaign next month.

It is the latest development in an ongoing ownership crisis, with interested party Chris Kirchner withdrawing his offer on June 16.

Clowes said: “With a deadline looming and the start of the next season getting closer, we had to do something.”

The EFL expressed its approval of the stadium purchase, saying it “welcomes the announcement” of the acquisition of Clowes Developments Limited.

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