Former Saatchi Boss Sent Off the Man-U Pitch

21 August 2007

MANCHESTER: As Manchester United's revered manager Sir Alex Ferguson once described the beautiful game: "It's a conflict of parallels." Similar conflict might also explain why Lee Daley, former group chairman/ceo of Saatchi & Saatchi UK, isn't a family man.

Or, to be more precise, not a Glazer family man.

Daley (43), who quit the agency group in February to become commercial director of the world famous soccer club, sat on the Manchester United board alongside members of its ruling US family Glazer: joint-chairmen Joel and Avram, plus kinsmen Bryan, Darcie, Edward and Kevin.

Daley's departure, said to be by "mutual consent", came just one week into the 2007-08 soccer season. He was reportedly in the throes of appointing a global marketing group to grow the club's global fan-base to the 50-million mark.

A task wherein the seeds of his departure may well have been sown.

Lips, however, are zipped all round as to the reasons for his abrupt egress - save for the ritual oleaginous utterance: "Everyone at Manchester United wishes Lee the very best for the future."

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