Manchester United’s Ed Woodward resigns
Manchester United Vice Chairman Ed Woodward will leave the club in late 2021.
Woodward’s departure was announced on Tuesday as the upcoming European Super League, which Manchester United would be playing in, collapsed. Manchester United were one of the 12 founding Super League teams announced to compete with the Champions League, but the proposed league quickly started losing teams on Tuesday due to fan protests.
According to the BBC, Woodward had previously intended to step down at the end of the year and the events of the past 48 hours led to the announcement of that departure.
“I am sure that with the changes we have made on the field and with the coaching and football team over the past few years, this great club will soon be raising its silverware again,” Woodward said in a statement on the Manchester United website. “
“I really wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure and I’m sure the foundations are in place so that we can win them back for our passionate fans.
Just before news of Woodward’s departure broke, Manchester City and Chelsea reportedly said they were leaving the league. City and Chelsea were two of six English Premier League teams that wanted to join the league.
Woodward, 49, has been responsible for Manchester United’s affairs since 2012. He joined the club in 2007 after helping the Glazer family become majority owners of the club.
Woodward was named executive vice chairman after CEO David Gill retired and effectively assumed Gill’s role as head of the club. United’s last Premier League title came in 2013 and the team has only won an FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League since Woodward became the club’s vice chairman.
“Ed Woodward served the club with great honor,” said Joel Glazer, co-chair. “On behalf of everyone at United, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for his tireless work and dedication.”
“His contribution to the club has been tremendous and he will always be welcome at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.”
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