Manchester United have announced that Richard Arnold will become Chief Executive Officer of the club.
Arnold, who jumps from Group Managing Director to CEO, will start his new role from 1st February 2022, which is the same date Ed Woodward will stand down from his role as Executive Vice-Chairman.
Arnold said (via ManUtd.com): “I am honoured to have the chance to serve this great club and its fans. I am determined to return that honour in any way I can.”
Well, Mr Arnold, you can start by letting the football decisions to the football people. Something Woodward never did and we are still paying the price for that today, with dressing room unrest.
Joel Glazer said: “I would like to thank Ed for his tireless work on behalf of Manchester United during his nine years as Executive Vice-Chairman and 16 years with the club. We are now looking forward to Richard and his leadership team opening a new phase in the club’s evolution, with ambitious plans for investment in Old Trafford, the strengthening of our engagement with fans, and continued drive towards our most important objective — winning on the pitch.”
Only over time will we be able to properly assess Arnold as CEO, but our understanding is that he will have a heavy approach on sharpening the strategy and execution.
Arnold will need to be a strong character and someone who can drive action and be prepared to tackle issues — as well as stand away when it comes to important football matters, to let Ralf Rangnick, John Murtough and Darren Fletcher do their jobs.
It will be up to the football director and manager to report to Arnold but it is understood that he won’t have a hands-on approach with everything.