Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is to step down from his role, the club has confirmed.
However, he will continue in his role at the club until the end of 2021.
Woodward had already agreed with the Glazers, United’s owners, he would finish at Old Trafford at the end of the year, but the announcement was brought forward to Tuesday evening.
The news came after Chelsea and Manchester City announced they had decided to leave the breakaway European Super League following a mass rejection of the plans by fans and governing bodies across Europe. Later on Tuesday evening, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs all said they had also withdrawn.
Woodward, who joined United in 2005 and became executive vice-chairman in 2012, said: “I am extremely proud to have served United, and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest football club for the past 16 years. The club is well positioned for the future, and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year.
“I will treasure the memories from my time at Old Trafford, during a period when we won the Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. I am proud of the regeneration of the club’s culture and our return to the Manchester United way of playing.”
Former United captain Gary Neville, who has been critical of Woodward and the United owners’ running of the club, appeared to celebrate the executive vice-chairman’s resignation on Twitter.
As the news broke, Neville simply posted a wave emoji on his official account.
By Sky Sports