Report sheds more light on Woodward's decision to quit Manchester United

The Daily Star are now reporting that Ed Woodward’s resignation is connected to the failed Super League plans.

Initial reports about Woodward standing down claimed that it was unconnected to Manchester United’s climbdown over the embarrassing botched plans.

United’s club statement on the matter didn’t make the connection either.

The fact that he is not due to step down until the end of 2021 is designed to make it look like it was part of the plan all along.



It wasn’t part of the plan. Every Manchester United fan knows it.

The backlash to Woodward’s brainchild, the botched Super League, has forced his hand.

It laid bare once again his naked greed. He has always been more concerned with growing United commercially off the pitch than on it.

Relative success on the pitch was only ever a means to an end. Keeping the cash rolling in from European competition and maintaining United’s marketability.

The Super League plan laid that bare, seeking to bolster profits even further and disconnect them entirely from performances on the pitch.

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He knew that he couldn’t come back from that. The reception when fans were back at Old Trafford would have been too hot for him to handle.

The greatest irony is that Woodward has been undone by his own incompetence and arrogance.

He essentially reports to nobody but the Glazers and they were his biggest (only?) admirers after the way he leveraged the sale of the club and acted as their human shield after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

So he could have extended his reign of mediocrity almost indefinitely, but not any more.

His plan was so bad that it restoked the anger of United fans towards him and the Glazers, while mobilising the remaining football supporters in this country too.

Despite initial attempts to prove otherwise, the Star’s report affirms what we all already knew when news of Woodward’s resignation filtered through.

He had no choice but to fall on his sword after being at the forefront of a greedy, ill-conceived plot which would have ripped English football apart.

Joel Glazer reportedly begged him to reconsider his resignation. This was never part of the plan at all.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.