Following the backlash over the European Super League, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has resigned from his position.
Manchester United’s decision to enter a breakaway European Super League alongside 16 other top clubs drew widespread criticism from their own fans, prompting Woodward’s resignation.
Mark Ogden, an ESPN journalist, broke the news on Twitter.
Confirmed. Ed Woodward has stepped down as Man Utd exec vice chairman. Was planning to quit in summer, but tghe ESL fiasco has brought it to a head now
— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) April 20, 2021
Woodward, a 49-year-old retired banker, took over as chairman of the Red Devils in 2013 after CEO David Gill stepped down. He has received widespread backlash for failing to win the Premier League during his tenure at Old Trafford.
He was said to be one of the “brains” behind the Super League, which was funded by JP Morgan by debt.
Woodward was a longtime employee of JPMorgan Chase, whose banking services were included in United’s tumultuous takeover.