Ed Woodward must go immediately and have no part in Manchester United manager search
Ed Woodward has overseen one farce too many. Manchester United’s chief executive is still hanging around the club, despite handing in his long overdue resignation back in April, for the end of 2021.
Woodward still plays an active day to day role, having a role in the Ronaldo signing, as reported by The Independent.
He is only due to leave his role at the end of December, and currently there has been no announcement on his successor.
A clean slate needed
The last few weeks at United have been badly handled. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have gone after the Liverpool defeat.
The inept way Solskjaer’s departure has been handled reflects terribly on the club.
With weeks to prepare, United have no replacement ready, and are back searching for an interim. Clearly no succession plan had been prepared.
With the search for a manager just stepping up, United need to sideline Woodward.
Gary Neville told Sky Sports: ” You have to ask serious questions. I have had enough of it, to be honest with you. I have spoken too much about it over the last few years.
“I think the club is run OK from a business point of view, but culturally, and in terms of football decision-making, it leaves a lot to be desired. A lot to be desired. The reality is they have been caught out again. They did not know what to do. They have been indecisive.”
It is for the best that Woodward should go now, and should not be involved in the search for Solskjaer’s successor, interim or otherwise.
United need strong boardroom leadership, and the problem is, there is a lack of knowledgeable football men at the top at United.
The Glazers have surrounded themselves with Woodward and other corporate suits like Richard Arnold.
Ideally both would go, and director of football John Murtough be given a chance to lead the search for Solskjaer’s successor.
Sir Alex Ferguson will be involved too no doubt as a consultant, for better or worse. His previous picks have not worked out of course.
Woodward’s exit will create a void, and yet, that is probably preferable to letting him oversee yet another farce before he leaves.
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