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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 June, 2005, 10:41 GMT 11:41 UK
Profile: Brothers united
Joel, Bryan and Malcolm Glazer

Malcolm Glazer has taken an even stronger hold on Manchester United following the appointment of three of his sons - Joel, Bryan and Avram - to the club's board.

Glazer owns more than 75% of United and now his family occupy 50% of the board.

Nepotism has worked well at the "old man's" other sporting venture - the NFL franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bruce Allen, general manager of the 2003 Super Bowl winners, claimed the Glazer family had been "fantastic".

But Shareholders United - the vociferous anti-Glazer group at Old Trafford - describe the new board members as "three stooges".

BBC Sport profiles the triumvirate of new faces behind the scenes at Manchester United.

JOEL GLAZER

Joel Glazer

A Manchester United statement described Glazer's fourth eldest son as having "extensive sports management experience" and he will be the man most visibly associated with the club.

The 38-year-old is a self-confessed "soccer nut", having developed a passion for the game while sharing a flat with a Tottenham fan, and is expected to take over Roy Gardner's mantle as chairman.

He will split his time between England and the USA but, while he is reported to have spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson on the telephone, it is as yet uncertain as to how much time he will spend in Manchester.

In 1995 he was made executive vice-president of the Buccaneers, a role he continues to carry out.

And away from sporting circles he is vice-president of First Allied Corporation, a holding company for the family's business interests.

In partnership with his reclusive 76-year-old father, Joel will have the final say on all matters Manchester United.

BRYAN GLAZER

Bryan Glazer

The 40-year-old is the hands-on boss of his father's sporting club on the other side of the pond - the Buccaneers - having been named executive vice-president in 1995.

In the intervening decade the Buccs may have won only one Super Bowl, but Bryan has played a crucial role in helping turnaround a moribund outfit off the pitch.

He was a key player in the design, development and construction of the Buccs' new stadium and helped in redesigning the franchise badge.

And he launched 'Pewter Partners' - an amalgam of team sponsors - which increased advertising revenue from blue-chip companies by giving them huge advertising opportunities.

A marketing magician, he will aim to eke every last penny out of the United brand around the world.

He has also worked as a vice-president of First Allied Corporation.

AVRAM GLAZER

Like Joel, the club statement credited Avram as having "extensive sports management experience".

The 44-year-old, the eldest of Glazer's six children, was the mastermind of his father's 790m takeover of Manchester United.

But he has an extensive CV away from sport.

He has worked as a vice-president of First Allied Corporation and in 1995 became president and chief executive officer of Zapata Corporation - a holding company co-founded by former US President George Bush Snr, in which the family have a 51.3% stake.

It has two operating companies, Omega Protein Corporation and Safety Components International Inc., and he is also chairman of the board of directors of Omega Protein Corporation and a director of Safety Components International Inc.

On the minus side, the son who looks most like his father made huge losses on the failed zap.com venture.




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