'Provides the best insight yet into how Manchester United was acquired and transformed, for better and for worse, by the Glazers. Tehsin Nayani tells it like he saw it, not how everyone else perceived it to be. Whether you're a fan, a journalist or simply involved in the football business, it's an account that's worth your time'

Nick Harris, Chief Sports News Correspondent
The Mail on Sunday

 

'A unique and valuable insight into Manchester United
and the Glazers, from inside the inner circle'

Mark Ogden, Northern Football Correspondent
The Daily Telegraph

 

‘The Glazer Gatekeeper is an unusually perceptive journey into what – as those of us sitting in a seat like this know only too well – can be a desperate need to feed the demand for Manchester United stories…If it’s the workings of the media – or maybe a career in the
profession – that you’re interested in, then this is a book for you... the outcome is comfortably the most revealing work on the family who put themselves under fire, at the heart of the British football establishment’

Ian Herbert, Chief Sports Writer
The Independent

 

‘Tehsin Nayani had a ringside seat... A former financial journalist with FT TV, CNBC and Reuters, Mr Nayani handled public relations for the Glazers before, during and after the takeover and has now written of his experiences. The Glazer Gatekeeper, a book chronicling events at Old Trafford between 2004 and 2010, will fascinate sports fans’

Ian King, Business & City Editor
The Times

 

 

SPORTING INTELLIGENCE

Friday, 15 May

“Nayani’s memoir of his six years as the man who managed the Glazers’ PR and his book, ‘The Glazer Gatekeeper’, deconstructs the inevitable one-dimensional notion we have always had of these invisible men. Though supporters have understandably viewed the family with deep antipathy and opprobrium – never more so as they have earned $400m from selling shares on the New York Stock Exchange in the last three years – there is more about them than “swaggering, cowboy-booted American cliché” as Nayani puts it on several occasions. The book is also an unusually perceptive journey into what – as those of us sitting in a seat like this know only too well – can be a desperate need to feed the demand for Manchester United stories... more significantly, lurking in the background is a partial sense of why the Glazers’ takeover at Old Trafford did not turn out to be a financial calamity after all... If it’s the workings of the media – or maybe a career in the profession – that you’re interested in, then this is a book for you... the outcome is comfortably the most revealing work on the family who put themselves under fire, at the heart of the British football establishment.”

Ian Herbert, The Independent’s Chief Sports Writer

THE MALAYSIA STAR

Friday, 11 September

“Readers will also be exposed to the less trodden path of the business and PR aspects of running the club. These facets are not so easily digestible, especially the financial details, but in time, I developed a sense of appreciation for the intricacies of how my beloved club operates on a day-to-day basis...This might be acquired taste, but for football fans worth their salt (and especially those of a red persuasion), the machinations of a global brand provide truly intriguing reading indeed.”

Brian Yong

ESPN FC

Thursday, 16 April

Glazers proved it works at Man Utd, but clubs shouldn't be run for profit

"A new book by the family's former PR man Tehsin Nayani called "The Glazer Gatekeeper" shows that the Glazers seem to have won. Though football clubs shouldn't be run for profit -- the aim should be winning things, ideally -- they are regrettably the future of soccer. Nayani, a Liverpool fan from Britain, worked for six years as spokesman for the family that never speaks. It isn't a tell-all book: PR plays its part and Nayani paints the Glazers and all United employees as great guys. However, having got closer to the family than almost anyone else -- which isn't saying much -- he clarifies their attitude to United. Nayani convincingly depicts the Glazers as a sane, shrewd and unassuming lot. He calls them "middle-class billionaires" who "would not have looked out of place at a chartered accountants' convention." Abuse from fans and media scarcely perturbs them. Whenever Nayani suggests responding to an attack, Joel Glazer, United's co-chairman, calmly dissuades him. This close-knit family doesn't care much about the world's opinion. What interests the Glazers is making money."

Simon Kuper, contributor to ESPN FC and the Financial Times and co-author, with Stefan Szymanski, of Soccernomics

 

FORBES

Monday, 20 April

The Glazers' Gatekeeper: The Art Of Saying Nothing For Manchester United's Silent Owners

“What does all this mean? Was Nayani’s job the ultimate sinecure or an impossible job?”

Andrew Cave