Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to stand down at end of 2021

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will step down from his role at the end of 2021 This announcement came before Manchester United, along with the other five Premier League sides involved in the proposed European Super League, withdrew from the competition.

Woodward, 49, joined United in 2005 and has been in his current role since 2012.

The new plans for Champions League competition, which are set to come into effect in 2024, have been unveiled amid talk of a rival Super League.

He was set to leave at the end of the year but the decision to announce his departure has been brought forward.

“I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honor 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,”said Woodward.

After plans for the ESL were announced on Sunday, Woodward stepped down from his role on Uefa’s Professional Football Strategy Council.

Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, and two other Premier League sides are said to be involved in plans for a European Super League; Premier League and UEFA robustly condemn the proposals; a number of top Italian and Spanish clubs are believed to also be involved in the plans. 

Woodward had significant input into the discussions around a revamped Champions League on Friday.

The announcement was brought forward because of the prospect of leaks.

“On behalf of everyone at United I would like to place on record our sincere thanks for his tireless work and dedication,” said Joel Glazer.

“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.”