EXCLUSIVE: Ed Woodward is in talks to take on a consultant role at Manchester United when his eight-year tenure as club director ends next month, in a blow to the support section who blame him for the club’s decline since Sir Alex Ferguson left
- Ed Woodward leaves his post at Manchester United at the end of the year
- However, he could return to the club as a consultant when requested.
- Woodward has come under harsh criticism for his role in the club’s struggles during his nine years as executive vice president of the Red Devils.
Ed Woodward is in talks to take on a consultant role at Manchester United after his departure.
Sportsmail he understands that discussions are ongoing over what would be a controversial move that would see the outgoing executive, who will leave late next month, retain some form of influence in the troubled club.
Such development may not go well with sectors of United’s support, who blame Woodward for United’s struggles since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Ed Woodward could remain on Manchester United’s payroll, this time as a consultant.
Woodward will step down as executive vice president next month, but could find another position.
Since then, the fallen giants have failed to win a Premier League title and have lagged behind rivals such as City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Saturday’s humble 2-0 derby, which followed a 5-0 at the hands of Liverpool in their latest outing at an increasingly restless Old Trafford, put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men under pressure nine points behind leaders Chelsea in sixth place, and tied on points with Brighton and Hove Albion.
Woodward has come under severe criticism for his role in the club’s struggles and if the executive vice president remains in the fold, albeit in a limited capacity, the owners, the Glazer family, could see it as a controversial move.
Many United fans have blamed him as the reason for their struggles over the years.
Insiders say it is commonplace when CEOs leave a company to reach an agreement that allows the company to draw on their knowledge if necessary. If Woodward takes on a role, it’s likely on that basis, rather than a position that would see him working extensively at the club on an ongoing basis.
Woodward played a key role in the leveraged buyout of Glazer in 2005 and has been in his current role since 2012.
A successor has yet to be named, although current managing director and Woodward ally Richard Arnold has been strongly associated with the role.
Richard Arnold (left) has been closely linked to his successor as Executive Vice President.