Manchester United have released a statement confirming Ed Woodward is set to depart the club.
But there’s a catch. He won’t leave immediately.
Instead Woodward will be hanging around like an uninvited guest at a party, remaining in post until the end of 2021.
Woodward said in his club statement: “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.”
Joel Glazer comments
Villain of the hour, co-owner Joel Glazer had his say: “Ed Woodward has served the club with great distinction. On behalf of everyone at United I would like to place on record our sincere thanks for his tireless work and dedication.
“His contribution to the club has been massive, and he will always be welcome at Old Trafford as a part of the Manchester United family.”
There was no mention of the Super League in the announcement, which surely has pre-empted Woodward’s departure.
It’s possible this was scheduled to happen anyway, and this announcement has simply been brought forward to placate fans amid outrage over the Super League.
Glazer’s comments do not suggest he is ready to walk away, but he should be.
He has acted despicably through this Super League process, with no consideration given to the fans. It is time he made plans to follow Woodward out of the door.
It’s possible, of course, that Woodward is staying on to help the Glazers secure a sale by the end of the year. But that’s probably just wishful thinking.
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