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Richard Arnold to replace Ed Woodward as Manchester United chief



File photo of Ed Woodward.© AFP

Manchester United announced on Thursday that Richard Arnold will replace Ed Woodward as the club’s most senior executive early next month. The Premier League club said in April 2021 that Woodward, 50, executive vice president, would step down from his role at the end of the year, soon after the club pulled out of the proposed European Super League. United said in a statement that the change would be effective from February 1.

Executive Co-Chairman Joel Glazer said: “I would like to thank Ed for his nine years as Executive Vice President on behalf of Manchester United and his tireless work during 16 years with the club.

“We now look forward to opening a new phase in the club’s development with Richard and his leadership team with ambitious plans to invest at Old Trafford, strengthen our engagement with fans, and continue to drive toward our most important objective.” are – winning pitch.”

Arnold, formerly the group’s managing director, will become chief executive officer.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve this great club and its fans,” he said. “I am determined to return that honor somehow.”

Woodward has been the center of constant criticism from fans of the club since 2013, when he replaced former CEO David Gill, who achieved so much by working closely with former boss Alex Ferguson.


Woodward’s business expertise – keeping sponsorship money running despite dwindling results on the pitch – maintained his position as a confidant of the Glazers’ owners.

The Glazers have been unpopular ever since they troubled the club with huge debt leading to their takeover in 2005.

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