Ed Woodward has resigned as Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman and will leave the club toward the year’s end 2021. The declaration preceded Manchester United, alongside the other five Premier League sides engaged with the proposed European Super League (ESL), pulled out from the competition.
Ed Woodward’s takeoff was reported on Tuesday as the impending European Super League that Manchester United was set to be a part of began to collapse. Manchester United was one of the 12 founding teams of the Super League reported to match the Champions League, yet the proposed league rapidly beginning losing teams Tuesday in the midst of fan protests.
The 49-year-old’s decision comes following eight years in the role. While there will be speculation that the development was identified with United signing up to the European Super League, sources at the club claimed that this was not the situation and that his takeoff was genial. United joined the other Premier League clubs in pulling out from the new competition on Tuesday.
Ed Woodward said in a statement: “We have invested more than £1bn 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 Solskjær 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 that the foundations are in place for us to win it back for our passionate fans.”
The United co-chairman Joel Glazer said: “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.”
Not long before information on Ed Woodward’s departure broke, Manchester City and Chelsea purportedly said they would leave the league. City and Chelsea were two of six English Premier League teams that expected to be a part of the league.
Woodward initially joined the club in 2005, having advised the Glazer family during their takeover at Old Trafford. He was given charge of a few financial aspects of the club in 2007 before he was named to the board of directors and named executive vice-chairman in 2012.
Ed Woodward, 49, has been accountable for Manchester United’s operations since 2012. He joined the club in 2007 after he helped the Glazer family become the club’s majority owners.
Woodward was named executive vice-chairman after CEO David Gill retired and adequately took over Gill’s role administering the club. United’s last Premier League title came in 2013 and the team has won only one FA Cup, one EFL Cup, and a Europa League since Woodward became the club’s vice-chairman.
Ed Woodward supplanted David Gill in May 2013 when United’s CEO left the club alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager. His residency as the club’s most remarkable executive have been violent and marked by just three trophies in addition to extensive fan unrest at United’s direction under him.
After David Moyes was hired to supplant Ferguson, the club’s best manager, Woodward persevered through a torrid first summer accountable for recruitment. An opening transfer window finished with just Marouane Fellaini’s £27.5m buy from Everton to reinforce Moyes’ offered to hold the title for United.
After 34 matches of the 2013-14 league campaign, Moyes was sacked and United would end seventh in Ed Woodward’s first season. The executive vice-chairman named Louis van Gaal as his second manager in a year and there followed a galáctico summer in which Radamel Falcao and Ángel Di María joined, the latter for a British record £59.7m.
Subsequent to completing fourth, Van Gaal’s recruitment in summer 2015 included Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was injury inclined like Falcao, and Memphis Depay, a Dutch forward who failed to settle. This made Ed Woodward keep on being the subject of disquiet from allies and even though Van Gaal claimed the 2016 FA Cup he was sacked the day after the final because of United’s fifth-place finish.
José Mourinho was Ed Woodward’s third manager in three years when designated in May 2016 yet greater instability followed. The Portuguese guided United to the League Cup and Europa League in his opening campaign however could just completion fifth. There was a second-place finish the next season however Mourinho started 2018-19 miserable at Woodward’s recruitment decisions and in December 2018 the manager was sacked.
The executive vice-chairman’s next appointment was Solskjær and under the Norwegian United completed third in his first full season and are presently second with six matches left.
Recruitment has likewise improved with a long-term strategy currently set up while Ed Woodward has administered an upgrade of the club’s academy system. In any case, with him leaving toward the year’s end he will more likely than not be set up if and when United next become champions.