Man Utd owner Joel Glazer speaks out as Ed Woodward steps down over ESL plan
Manchester United owner and co-chairman Joel Glazer has spoken out after it was announced that Ed Woodward was to officially step down from his role as executive vice-chairman.
Glazer and Woodward had been the driving forces behind United’s move to the European Super League.
But following the withdrawal of the six English clubs in light of the backlash from fans and governing bodies, the announcement has been brought forward that Woodward will leave his role at the end of 2021.
Thanking the 49-year-old for his efforts, Glazer said: “Ed Woodward has served the club with great distinction.
“On behalf of everyone at United I would like to place on record our sincere thanks for his tireless work and dedication.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Woodward spoke of his pride at the work he had done throughout his time at Old Trafford, and backed them for Premier League glory in the near future.
“I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour 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.
“I will treasure the memories from my time at Old Trafford, during a period when we won the Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. I am proud of the regeneration of the club’s culture and our return to the Manchester United way of playing.
“We have invested more than £1bn in the squad during my time here and I am particularly delighted with the progress the players have made under the astute leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team in the last two years.
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“I am sure that with the changes we have made on-field and to the coaching and football staff in recent years this great club will soon be lifting silverware again. It deserves to.
“I desperately wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure and I am certain the foundations are in place for us to win it back for our passionate fans.”
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