MANCHESTER: Manchester United Vice-Chair is set to step down at the end of 2021, the club announced on Wednesday
Mr Ed Woodward (49) joined United in 2005 and served as Executive Vice-chairman since 2013, taking the position from David Gill in that year.
“I’m extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest club for the past 16 years,” said, Mr Woodward
However, during his term of service as VC Mr Woodward faced heavy criticism for the clubs failure to challenge the Premier League title. Fans felt he has a bad taste when it comes to making club transfers, as he took a decision to sack David Moyes less than a year in a six year contract as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.
Followed by Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho who were also dismissed for failing to match expectations of United. Manchester United Co-Chairman, Mr Joel Glazer has told BBC Sport that the agreement between Mr Woodward and the Glazer family (owners) is friendly and there has been no falling out.
“On behalf of everyone at United, I would like to place on record our sincere thanks for his tireless work and dedication. His contribution to the club has been massive, and he will always be welcome at Old Trafford as a part of the Manchester United family,” said the Glazer family
On Sunday with the ongoing European Super League scandal, the announcement came before United along with the other five Premier League sides got involved in the proposed ESL withdrew from the competition. According to his contract, Mr Woodward was set to leave at the end of the year but the decision to announce his departure has been brought forward.
“I’m extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest club for the past 16 years, I will treasure memories from my time at Old Trafford, during a period where we won the Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup.
“I’m proud of the regeneration of the club’s culture and our return to the Manchester United way of playing, I desperately wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure and I’m certain that the foundations are in place for us to win it back for our passionate fans.
“I would like to thank United’s passionate fans for their support during good and bad times, I know this has been a challenging period in our history, but your support for the team has never been in doubt, ” Mr Woodward concluded