Manchester United fans vented frustration last night on social media with #SackWoodward trending in the UK.
Manchester United’s chief executive has overseen seven seasons of failure since taking over in 2013 from David Gill.
When he took over United were first in the league. Now we are fifth, and it feels like we are fortunate to be there.
Ed Woodward’s salary is £3.16 million, The Independent reported earlier this month.
It is a colossal figure, and one which United are seeing no positive return on.
Top of one league
United are top of one table. The ‘amount of money paid to a chief executive’ table.
Only Tottenham’s Daniel Levy (£3 million) comes close to Levy’s excessive salary.
United have the highest wage bill in the Premier League. This is an example of the risky and expensive contracts doled out by Woodward.
There is little to no tangible return on the investment put in. United are further away than ever.
If United are going to spend £3.16 million on a chief executive, then they should make sure at least that they are paying a figure who can do a good job. Woodward clearly isn’t.
Pressure is building
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the fourth manager to work under Ed Woodward and it is pretty futile to call for his head.
Only sacking Woodward will bring about real change to Manchester United.
For the fee United pay the chief executive, you would expect the best. Woodward is producing bad results all round.
A report from Deloitte last week reported United are at risk of losing England’s top spot in the Money League [BBC] to both Manchester City and Liverpool.
If the Premier League failure does not set off alarm bells at United, then this might.
Gary Neville spoke out against Woodward earlier this week. Expressing his opinion on Sky’s Gary Neville Podcast, he ranted: “United have the second-highest wage bill in the world. And that’s the squad they’ve got. It’s unforgivable. It really is.
“If you don’t lose your job for essentially overseeing that investment, that wage bill, and putting that team out on the pitch then I have to say something is really wrong.”
For the money United pay Woodward, the results are poor. There have to be better ways for the club the spend £3.16 million.
The next time the club are attempting to save money, Woodward’s salary should be the first place to look.
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