Man Utd owner Joel Glazer speaks out as Richard Arnold replaces Ed Woodward

Manchester United Executive Co-Chairman Joel Glazer has spoken out after the club unveiled Richard Arnold as its Chief Executive Officer-elect. Arnold will replace Ed Woodward from February 1, 2022, as the latter steps down from his role after nine years.

On Thursday, United released a statement confirming Arnold’s impending arrival as the club’s new CEO.

It read: “Manchester United has announced that Richard Arnold, formerly Group Managing Director, will become Chief Executive Officer of the Club, effective from February 1, 2022.

“Ed Woodward will step down from his role as Executive Vice-Chairman, also effective from February 1, 2022.”

Woodward has been heavily scrutinised throughout his tenure and resigned in April 2021 after United’s short-lived involvement in the European Super League.

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“We have invested more than £1bn in the squad during my time here,” Woodward wrote.

“And I am particularly delighted with the progress the players have made under the astute leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team in the last two years.

“I am sure that with the changes we have made on-field and to the coaching and football staff in recent years, this great club will soon be lifting silverware again. It deserves to.

“I desperately wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure, and I am certain that the foundations are in place for us to win it back for our passionate fans.”

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Arnold’s transition from Group Managing Director to club CEO marks a new era in the boardroom, and he has expressed his honour at undertaking the position.

He said: “I am honoured to have the chance to serve this great club and its fans. I am determined to return that honour in any way I can.”

Glazer has increased communication with fans since last year’s Super League debacle and has spoken out on Arnold succeeding Woodward as CEO.

“I would like to thank Ed for his tireless work on behalf of Manchester United during his nine years as Executive Vice-Chairman and 16 years with the club,” he stated.

“We are now looking forward to Richard and his leadership team opening a new phase in the club’s evolution with ambitious plans for investment in Old Trafford, the strengthening of our engagement with fans, and continued drive towards our most important objective – winning on the pitch.”

There were concerns among fans over Woodward potentially staying at the club in a consultancy role.

However, that won’t be the case, and he will depart at the end of the season after helping United appoint their next permanent manager.

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