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Ed Woodward resigns from Manchester United position amid Super League backlash

Ed Woodward has resigned from his role as Manchester United executive vice-chairman.

He departs amid a seismic evening in football, with the European Super League coming crashing down around its founding members.

United, along with their fellow Premier League ‘Big Six’ clubs and six other sides, were one of the clubs to establish the controversial breakaway competition.

Woodward was not given a role in the European Super League but he is believed to have played a key role in the build up to its announcement on Sunday.

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It’s understood that Woodward had been planning to step down from his role at Old Trafford in the summer.

But now he has brought forwards his departure with immediate effect, making the decision to leave his post on Tuesday.

Ed Woodward has overseen big changes at Manchester United
Ed Woodward has overseen big changes at Manchester United during his 15 years

Woodward has been associated with Manchester United since 2005, when he advised Malcolm Glazer on his takeover of the club.

He was named executive vice-chairman in 2012 and faced regular criticism from fans over his dealings in the transfer market.

But that was nothing compared to the vitriol reaction to United’s decision to help form the European Super League.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin opened up on how he felt betrayed by Woodward on Monday, labelling the former United chief a “snake” and a “liar”.

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“If I start with Ed Woodward, he called me last Thursday evening saying he’s very satisfied with and fully supports the [Champions League] reforms and the only thing he want to talk about was FFP, when obviously he had already signed something else,” declared the UEFA president.

The Manchester United Supporters Trust, meanwhile, issued a damning statement of their own, hitting out at their club’s greed.

“These proposals are completely unacceptable and will shock Manchester United fans, as well as those of many other clubs,” the statement began.

“A ‘Super League’ based on a closed shop of self-selected wealthy clubs goes against everything football, and Manchester United, should stand for.

“To bring forward these proposals without any fan consultation, and in the midst of a global pandemic when people should be pulling together not serving their own selfish interests, just adds insult to injury.

“When Sir Matt Busby led us into the European Cup in the 1950s, the modern Manchester United was founded in the tragedy and then triumph that followed. To even contemplate walking away from that competition would be a betrayal of everything this club has ever stood for.

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“We urge everyone involved in this proposal including Manchester United to immediately withdraw from this proposal.”

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