Woodward has earned eye-watering amount at Man Utd as chief set to quit
Ed Woodward has earned a reported £21m since becoming chief executive at Manchester United in 2013.
Old Trafford bigwig Woodward will leave the club at the end of 2021, it was officially announced on Tuesday.
The 49-year-old was due to end his 16-year spell with United at the end of the year, but the European Super League shambles brought forward the announcement.
Woodward has rarely been looked upon favourably by United supporters, with some fans even attacking his Cheshire home with flares and a smoke bomb.
But his spear-heading of the move to the Super League has seen him slip even lower in the opinions of both United and football fans in general, with the vast majority strongly against the breakaway competition.
After it was confirmed he would be stepping down, the Athletic reported that Woodward has earned close to £21m as the club’s highest-paid director over the last eight years.
Following the announcement of his departure earlier this week, Woodward spoke of his pride at the work he had done, and backed United 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,” he said.
“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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