Ed Woodward’s resignation amid Super League fallout could be catalyst for Man Utd reset

Ed Woodward Resigns Amid Collapse Of European Super League

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Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has become the biggest casualty so far amid the fallout from the doomed European Super League plans. But the backlash over the Red Devils’ involvement in the controversial breakaway proposals could eventually prove to be a good thing for the Premier League giants if it proves a catalyst for positive change.

United confirmed on Tuesday that Woodward is to step down from his role as United’s executive vice-chairman, with the announcement coming in the wake of reports that European Super League clubs wanted to pull out of the proposed competition.

News first emerged that Chelsea were preparing documents with a view to withdrawing, before it was reported that Manchester City had told organisers they no longer wanted to be a part of it.

Then reports from Spain claimed that Barcelona and Atletico Madrid could look to follow suit, with the European Super League plans in disarray.

But the fallout reached seismic levels when reports circulated claiming that the much-maliged Woodward was set to quit his role.

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Woodward will remain in position until the end of 2021, with ESPN having claimed he was already preparing to leave his post regardless of the Super League fallout.

However, it is difficult not to feel that Woodward’s impending departure has been hastened by his involvement in the controversial plans, which received widespread condemnation from governing bodies, pundits, and most importantly the fans – including those of all the ‘Big Six’ Premier League clubs.

Woodward had not been handed a position in the European Super League, but he is believed to have played a key role in the build-up to its announcement on Sunday.

And news of his exit will give hope to anti-Glazer United fans that the unpopular American owners could also be coming to end of their time at the club.

Woodward’s association with United began in 2005 when he acted as an advisor to help the Glazer family acquire the club.

As he worked his way up from commercial and media operations to become the club’s executive vice-chairman, he was hailed for his knack of negotiating hugely lucrative sponsorship and partnership deals.

But his transfer record has long been a source of criticism from fans, pundits and other observers, with the Red Devils having spent vast sums on players who failed to restore the club to their former glory days on the pitch.

United now have a new transfer team in place, following the appointment earlier this year of John Murtough as football director, aided by Darren Fletcher as technical director and Matt Judge as director of football negotiations.

With his new-look recruitment team now bedded in, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have the final say on transfers.

The manager has earned himself some clout having led United to second place in the Premier League – within eight points of rampant leaders Manchester City – and a place in the Europa League semi-finals.

And with the threat of a Europan Super League now seemingly thwarted, United should also have a place in next season’s Champions League to look forward to.

While there’s plenty to look forward to on the pitch for United fans, off the field the club is set to take flak for some time to come thanks to their role as ringleaders of the catastrophically misjudged breakaway scheme.

But if the club can come out of the other side with a rejuvenated hierarchy in place, plus a fresh appreciation of the feelings of their supporter base, things may start looking up for a club still searching for its first Premier League title since 2013.

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