Former Everton Chief Criticises Man United’s Return-to-Office Mandate

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Keith Wyness Speaks Out

Ex-Everton CEO Keith Wyness has voiced concerns over the negative impact on morale at Manchester United following the enforcement of a return-to-office policy by part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe. Wyness, who now advises top football clubs, expressed doubts over Ratcliffe’s decision-making skills.

Mandatory Office Return for United Staff

Staff at Manchester United have been told to return to their office spaces in Manchester or London starting from June 1st. This shift away from remote working has been met with the option for dissenting employees to resign by June 5th and still receive their seasonal four-figure bonus early.

Ratcliffe’s Leadership Questioned

Since Ratcliffe’s takeover of a 25% stake in Manchester United in February, his leadership has faced scrutiny. Notably, his management of Erik ten Hag’s future as manager, particularly amid rumors of a sacking before the victorious FA Cup final, has been criticized.

Impact on Staff and Operations

According to Wyness, the insistence on in-person office attendance could drive away the club’s most talented employees, especially those in vital revenue-generating areas like social media and IT. He describes Ratcliffe’s management style as outdated and counterproductive.

Concerns Over Club’s Future

Wyness expressed his concern over the multitude of challenges facing Manchester United, from executive decisions to player management, and believes that the added pressure of workplace changes is an unnecessary distraction. The effectiveness of these changes remains to be seen.

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