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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 July, 2005, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Ferguson gives support to Glazers
Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has given his backing to the club's new owners, the Glazer family.

After meeting brothers Joel, Avi and Bryan Glazer at United's training camp, Ferguson is hoping that the club and the fans can focus on the football.

Ferguson said: "The meeting was very positive and relaxed and they made it clear they would back the team.

"This has been a difficult time for all involved but the most important thing now is to get back to football."

Ferguson added his voice to the appeal for calm following the violent scenes as supporters mounted a protest when the Glazers made their first visit to Old Trafford last Wednesday.

He said: "There is a lot of emotion around Manchester United at the moment and the quicker the season starts and we can get back to playing football, the better for everyone."

Ferguson's position appears to be stronger following his meeting with the Glazers.

In an interview with Radio Five Live, United chief executive David Gill insisted that Ferguson had not been given an ultimatum to deliver success.

Ronaldo is very close to signing, the financial terms are agreed
Man Utd chief executive David Gill

Gill said: "The Glazers understand that you can't guarantee success and you have to give the manager the tools to do the job."

The United chief executive dismissed speculation that the change of ownership to a private company made Ferguson's position precarious.

Gill added: "Alex has got a rolling contract and I don't think it's a topic I even want to go in the direction of."

Ferguson is set to be boosted by Cristiano Ronaldo signing a new contract and Gill is confident that Rio Ferdinand will follow suit.

Gill claimed that Ronaldo is ready to sign his new deal.

"Ronaldo is very close to signing, the financial terms are agreed but these days it just takes a bit more time to do the paperwork," he said.

"I don't know why Rio has not signed, you would have to ask him that.

"But we want him to stay and he clearly wants to stay and, in my experience, that normally happens."


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