Manchester United chairman Ed Woodward resigns amid ESL criticism

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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has resigned, the club confirmed on Tuesday. Man United was among the big six English clubs to join the controversial European Super League (ESL). However, following the mega backlash of fans and football pundits, United pulled out of the project. 

Woodward joined United in 2005 and became executive vice-chairman in 2012. Man United issued an official statement.

Man United statement on Woodward

“Manchester United has today announced that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will step down from his role at the end of 2021.”

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So long Woodward

Woodward expressed, “I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest football club for the past 16 years.”

“The last 16 months have brought so many unique challenges and the club’s work in the community and around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic has been heroic,” he added.

On Tuesday night, the ESL fell apart following the withdrawal of the six English clubs. AC Milan and Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid were next in line.

Man United’s official statement:

“Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League.”

“We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders.”

“We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game.”