By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
England giants, Manchester United have officially announced that Ed Woodward has stepped down as the club’s Executive-Vice Chairman, United.
The statements also indicate that Woodward who joined the Red Devils in 2005 but was appointed as the chief executive at Old Trafford in 2013 replacing David Gill, will continue with his role at club till the end of the 2021.
Woodward said, “I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest football club for 16 the past years.
“The club is well positioned for the future and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year.”
The recently re-signed executive vice chairman once worked with legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson.
Since Fergie’s retirement at United, Woodward has worked with, Van Gaal, David Moyes, Jose Mourinho and the current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s head coaches.
Adding to his speech the 49-year-old said he will cherish and remember all his moments with the three-time UEFA Champions League Champions.
“I will treasure the memories from time at Ild Trafford during a period when we won the European League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. Im proud of the regeneration of the club’s culture and our return to the Manchester United way of playing.
“We have invested more than 1 billion in the squad during my time here and I’m particularly delighted with the progress the players have made under the astute of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team in the last two years,” reads the Man United statement.
Meanwhile, according to The Manchester Evening News Woodwards’s varsity mate, Richard Arnold who is Man United’s managing director is likely to replace him.
Nonetheless, the reason behind his resignation is not yet clear but media reports indicate that he stepped down as a result of the backlash to the European Super League.