Ed Woodward ‘in talks’ to stay at Man Utd despite quitting role at end of year

Ed Woodward is reportedly in talks to take a consultancy role at Manchester United despite stepping down from his current position at the end of the year.

The executive vice-chairman, who has held the position at Old Trafford for eight years, announced after the European Super League scandal that he would step down amid fan criticism.

He is now believed by The Daily Mail to be in discussions with the club to keep some sort of influence in a consultancy-type role even once he leaves his current post.

And the news may not go down well with sections of Man United’s support, with the Red Devils faithful attributing the blame for their side’s recent struggles to the 49-year-old.

Woodward took over his current role in 2013 following the retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Since then, the club has arguably been through its roughest patch in decades, having employed four different managers and not won the Premier League since Ferguson’s departure.

Woodward, an investment banker, accountant and friend of the Glazer ownership, has come under fire for a large part of the failure to win trophies, in particular due to his questionable recruitment over the years.

He initially played a key role in the Glazer’s leveraged buyout in 2005 and so has close ties with the much-criticised ownership.

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While it is not uncommon for a chief executive to maintain ties with a company once they have left, it is understood that Woodward’s potential consultancy role would be advisory rather than a hands-on, ongoing basis.

But that will be enough to anger some fans as Man United’s stretch without silverware approaches four years.

A successor to Woodward has not yet been announced though his ally Richard Arnold has been strongly linked with the post.

Meanwhile, some supporters have called for a different approach in appointing former RB Leipzig manager and director Ralf Rangnick, who is credited with inventing gegenpressing among other philosophies in the sport.

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