Ed Woodward 'will get to choose Man United's next chief executive'

Ed Woodward ‘will get to choose Manchester United’s next chief executive’ before he departs the club amid reports he ‘has taken a bullet for the Glazer family’ because he opposed failed European Super League project

  • Ed Woodward ‘will choose who succeeds him’ before he departs Man United
  • Executive vice-chairman announced he will step down at the end of the year
  • It came amid the furious backlash to the breakaway European Super League 
  • The last three in the role at Old Trafford have been appointed from within
  • There are suggestions Woodward is the fall guy for the Glazer family over ESL 

Ed Woodward ‘will choose Manchester United’s chief executive’ before he leaves his post at Old Trafford.

United’s executive vice-chairman will step down from his role at the end of this year with the announcement brought forward to this week.

It came amid the furious backlash to the breakaway European Super League, which United had signed up to before withdrawing along with the five other English clubs involved on Tuesday night.

Ed Woodward ‘will choose Manchester United’s next chief executive’ before he steps down from his role as the club’s executive vice-chairman at the end of the year

Woodward speaks with United owner Avram Glazer prior to a match against Barcelona

But as Woodward prepared to leave United after 16 years, the Manchester Evening News report that he will choose who succeeds him.

The last three people in the chief executive or executive vice-chairman role – Woodward, David Gill and Peter Kenyon – have all been appointed from within United’s power structure.

In the current hierarchy, managing director Richard Arnold essentially occupies the same role Woodward had before replacing Gill as the club’s de facto chief executive in 2013.

Cliff Baty is the club’s chief financial officer while football director John Murtough will be the go-to figure over transfers this summer, rather than Woodward.

Woodward took up his executive vice-chairman position in 2013 shortly after the retirement of long-serving manager Sir Alex Ferguson 

Woodward pictured with United’s group managing director Richard Arnold (left) last year

United’s football director John Murtough (left), pictured with technical director Darren Fletcher, will be in charge of transfers this summer

Matt Judge, the director of football negotiations, will be responsible for sorting out the contracts of any players coming in.

The MEN report that many staff at United are ‘gutted’ Woodward is leaving with some adamant he has ‘taken a bullet for the Glazer family’ over the failed Super League idea, which he genuinely opposed.

However, there is a suggestion that Woodward ‘underestimated’ the fan backlash to the competition and knows he made an error of judgement.

United are likely to finish second in the Premier League this season, albeit some way behind champions-elect Manchester City, but they could still win the UEFA Europa League.

After Sunday’s league visit to Leeds United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men turn their attention to the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Roma on Thursday.

Angry Man United fans stormed their training ground in protest against the Glazer family 

The supporters – pictured here by the first-team pitch – held banners saying ‘Glazers Out’ 

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