Joel Glazer speaks about his passion and desire to win... with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Earlier this month Gary Neville called out Manchester United co-owner Joel Glazer and told him to step up.

Speaking to his podcast, he said: “We heard Joel Glazer say some time ago he was going to engage with the fans – flights are open Joel, you can get to Manchester. Let’s see you over here, let’s see you talk to the fans properly.”

Neville once again called the Glazers out on his Overlap discussion, noting nothing of note had been done since the Super League fiasco.

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Glazer has been busy… with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While the English media and Manchester United fans can’t get anything out of Glazer, he has plenty of time for his real passion, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This past week Glazer has been at the NFL owners meetings, where he spoke to the press, and to fan media.

Admittedly they are more welcoming of Glazer over in the US, but in the UK, he has done barely anything in 17 years to build relations.

Glazer spoke about quarterback Tom Brady’s decision to un-retire, telling the Tampa Bay Times “Having him back is the greatest news I heard all offseason.”

United were even referenced regarding Brady’s decision, when he was asked if Brady had made his decision when he attended Manchester United’s win over Tottenham and saw Cristiano Ronaldo score a hat-trick.

Glazer said: “It wasn’t there (at the match),” he said, “but we knew soon before everybody else.”

In an interview with Bucaneers fan site JoeBucsFan, Glazer said he would be giving everything to ensure Tampa Bay can have a successful year.

He said: “We’re always trying to win; things have been a little different the last few years. But if we can put everything forward to try and win a championship, we’re always going to do it.

“At the end of the day there’s no better feeling than sitting on that podium with that Vince Lombardi trophy and you got a chance to do it then we’re [all-in].

“You gotta take stock of where you are in any situation and do what’s best for the moment or for the short or long term and that’s where we are now, and we’re going to give it every ounce of effort we can.”

It has not felt like the Glazers have put ‘every ounce of effort’ into Manchester United over the past 17 years. The club are on a five-year long trophy drought and fans are growing increasingly restless, with the club also set to hire a fifth permanent manager since 2013.

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The Buccaneers have also just hired a new coach. This came less than 24 hours after Bruce Arians stepped down. Meanwhile Manchester United fans have had to wait since November for the club’s new manager, and still do not know who it will be.

Elsewhere, Glazer told Buccaneers.com, he was Excited Tampa would be the first NFL franchise to play in Germany.

He said: “I know in Germany how excited they are. There’s a huge NFL fanbase in Germany that is just dying and craving to see NFL football live, and we’re thrilled to be the first.”

Clearly the Buccaneers have Glazers’ full focus, and that won’t change immediately either, with the NFL Draft taking place in late April. After that, the NFL calendar really slows down until late July, and Manchester United might get a little bit of attention. Just don’t count on it.

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