Manchester United could announce Ed Woodward’s replacement as executive vice-chairman at the club as soon as next month, according to reports. Earlier this year, Woodward announced he would step down from his role at the end of the calendar year.
The decision to resign from his role as executive vice-chairman came after extensive scrutiny following Manchester United’s decision to co-launch the disgraced European Super League, which collapsed just hours before Woodward’s announcement in April.
Now, according to Sky News, Manchester United are closing in on sealing Woodward’s successor. Richard Arnold, United’s group managing director, is expected to take up Woodward’s role ‘within weeks’. As per the report, an announcement could be made next month but the decision is yet to be signed off.
The Glazer family, Manchester United’s owners, are familiar with Arnold, having been at the club since 2007. Should he be given the go-ahead, the promotion would mean another powerful position has been filled internally, rather than an outside appointment.
In addition to Arnold, two other Manchester United executives are said to have been vying for Woodward’s position.