By Ron Howells • 20 April 2021 • 22:19
Manchester United Chairman Ed Woodward Has Tendered His Resignation.
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has resigned as executive vice-chairman of the club after criticism over the European Super League breakaway tournament which he helped form.
Ed Woodward has said he will leave his role at the end of the year. The news comes amid the chaos surrounding the planned European Super League, in which Manchester United are set to take part.
Woodward, 49, joined the Old Trafford club in 2013 and played a key role in The Super League. His exit is understood to be amicable with the owners and is said to be unrelated to the Super League despite the striking timing.
A statement from the departing boss read, quote: “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.
“We have invested more than £1bn- €1.14bn in the squad during my time here and I am particularly delighted with the progress the players have made under the astute leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team in the last two years.
“I am sure that with the changes we have made on-field and to the coaching and football staff in recent years this great club will soon be lifting silverware again. It deserves to. I desperately wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure and I am certain the foundations are in place for us to win it back for our passionate fans.
“Our world-famous academy is flourishing again, with 34 players progressing into the first team since 2013, and it has been a pleasure to watch talents such as Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Axel Tuanzebe flourish in the first-team environment. In the years to come the club’s production line of young talent will continue to push established first team players for their places. That competition bodes well for the future.
“We have also established Manchester United women and their progress is further evidence of the demand for success at this great club.
“The last 16 months have brought so many unique challenges and the club’s work in the community and around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic has been heroic. The financial impact on football clubs has been severe, but United have been one of the most robust and resilient in the face of extraordinary financial pressures.
“I would like to thank United’s passionate fans for their support during the good and bad times. I know this has been a challenging period in our history, but your support for the team has never, ever been in doubt. Finally, it has been a pleasure to work with so many magnificent, talented and hard-working people.”
The United co-chairman Joel Glazer added: “Ed Woodward has served the club with great distinction. 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.”
Manchester City has withdrawn from the European Super League (ESL) and Chelsea is now preparing to follow suit. The club’s efforts to leave come just two days after both were announced as two of six English clubs that were supposed to sign up to the controversial new competition.
While English team involvement has quickly been reconsidered, there has been no indication as yet from the other six clubs from Spain and Italy – which includes Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan – that they are considering doing the same- although rumours are circulating a few of the clubs are considering abandoning the idea altogether.
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Source: The Mirror
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