May 14, 2021

Man Utd


Ed Woodward resigns: Why has Ed Woodward resigned at Man Utd? European Super League latest

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Manchester United executive-vice chairman Ed Woodward has resigned from his role at Old Trafford. His departure could be linked to the European Super League fiasco, although he was already preparing to leave at the end of 2021.

United were one of the 12 Founding Clubs of the planned European Super League.

Woodward has decided to resign from his position at the club, and will step down at the end of the year, it’s been confirmed.

He had already planned to leave at the end of the season, but the fan backlash to the Super League plans have brought the announcement forward.

United club staff were reportedly informed of the decision before it was made public.

Why has Ed Woodward resigned at Man Utd?

United confirmed that Woodward has resigned from his role at the club on Tuesday night (April 20).

He’s agreed to leave Old Trafford, following backlash to the European Super League plans.

United fans, along with all fans across the continent, have been left outraged by the plans to break away from the Champions League and Premier League.

Woodward had previously claimed that the Red Devils were committed to the Champions League, when asked about a potential Super League.

A Woodward statement read: “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 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.”

In October last year, Woodward said on an investors’ call: “I don’t know where that story came from.

“We are engaged on a regular basis through my role on the ECA about changes to the Champions League from 2024.”

Meanwhile, United co-chairman, Joel Glazer, was appointed the vice-chairman of the new European Super League.

Glazer claimed the creation of a Super League would increase financial support for all teams in the world of football.

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