European Tremendous League: Ed Woodward steps down as government vice chairman of Manchester United

Ed Woodward

2021-04-21 00:31:00

Ed Woodward has stepped down as government vice chairman of Manchester United.

The transfer comes amid fury at plans to create a European Tremendous League that includes six English groups, together with Manchester United, and different high golf equipment from Spain and Italy.

All Premier League golf equipment concerned within the ESL – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United and Tottenham – have now pulled out of the breakaway mission.

It leaves simply Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Actual Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus nonetheless concerned.

Mr Woodward (left) is pictured in the stands with Sir Alex Ferguson in 2019
Mr Woodward (left) is pictured within the stands with Sir Alex Ferguson in 2019

Mr Woodward, 49, took the job at Previous Trafford in 2013 and performed a key position within the controversial competitors.

He had been singled out for criticism over the brand new league by the pinnacle of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin.

It’s understood he’ll proceed in his position with United till the tip of 2021.

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Mr Woodward had already agreed to go away the put up on the finish of this yr, however the announcement has been introduced ahead amid the Tremendous League backlash, in accordance with Sky Sports activities Information.

He mentioned in an announcement: “I’m extraordinarily proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s best soccer membership for the previous 16 years.

“The membership is effectively positioned for the longer term and it is going to be tough to stroll away on the finish of the yr.

“I’ll treasure the reminiscences from my time at Previous Trafford, throughout a interval after we gained the Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup.

“I desperately needed the membership to win the Premier League throughout my tenure and I’m sure that the foundations are in place for us to win it again for our passionate followers.”

He was an unpopular determine with followers throughout a interval at United that noticed some very costly signings however valuable little success.

Co-chairman Joel Glazer had hailed the Tremendous League a “new chapter” regardless of widespread condemnation.

Ed Woodward, executive vice chairman of Manchester United, at a Champions League tie in 2019
Ed Woodward, government vice chairman of Manchester United, at a Champions League tie in 2019

Gamers, pundits and politicians earlier praised Man Metropolis and Chelsea for his or her resolution.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “The choice by Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis is – if confirmed – completely the precise one and I commend them for it. I hope the opposite golf equipment concerned within the European Tremendous League will comply with their lead.”

Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden added: “Excellent news that Chelsea and Metropolis have seen sense, and I urge the remainder to comply with swiftly.

“The entire ESL transfer exhibits how out-of-touch these house owners are. They’ve fully misjudged the power of feeling from followers, gamers and the entire nation. Soccer is for the followers.”

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