Ed Woodward is in talks with Manchester United for a new role at the club following the end of his tenure.
The Englishman was set to step down from his seat following the European Super League debacle and was expected to exit the club at the end of next month. Woodward cited the Glazers’ decision to join the Super League as his reason to quit as he could not bring himself to support a closed league.
However, despite his permanent departure from Old Trafford seeming guaranteed, he may still have a role at the club even after he steps down. According to the Daily Mail, the former investment banker is in talks with the United higher-ups for a consultancy role – a move that may not go down well with the supporters.
United fans have not been the biggest backers of Woodward. It is a common belief within the fanbase that he contributed heavily to the club’s decline following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Their desire to have the chief executive exit the club has been no secret either due to their collective resentment towards the Glazers whose takeover in 2005 was made possible through the influence of the Red Devils vice president.
However, they might be relieved to know that his role may not be one that will see him actively working with the club. It is said that having former chief executives agree to aid the club in an advisory role following their exit is a long-standing culture. The case could be the same here too.
Meanwhile, a successor is yet to be named but a promotion for Richard Arnold – the current managing director – has been heavily mentioned in the media recently.