Details have emerged surrounding Ed Woodward’s decision to resign from his position as executive vice-chairman of Manchester United.
It was announced on Tuesday that the 49-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season following nearly ten years working in the role.
And it came as United performed an embarrassing u-turn on the European Super League, with the Red Devils walking away from the competition just 48 hours after they had initially stated they would be participating in it.
According to The Athletic, Woodward rang United’s owner Joel Glazer on Monday to explain that he could no longer support the idea of the league following the huge backlash it received from around the world.
This was going against Glazer’s wish, with the American known to have been a huge fan of the project, and someone who had pushed it arguably more than any other Premier League owner.
Woodward, however, was convinced that he could have no part in such a scheme, and as a result felt compelled to stand down from his position.
There is now an argument that he made a big mistake, however, given that in the end the Super League collapsed anyway, meaning that Woodward could have continued with his work without it going ahead if he had just waited a bit longer before handing in his notice.
It remains to be seen who will replace Woodward, but speaking ahead of United’s game against Leeds this weekend their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid tribute to the divisive figure.
“Football is emotions and emotions run high in football,” Solskjaer said.
“I’ve had a very, very good working relationship with Ed. The club will have to move on without him and I’m sure Man United will always move on.
“I’ll work as long as Man United want me to work here and hopefully we can end this season successfully and Ed is part of that.”