It has certainly been quite a few whirlwind days in the world of football. The European Super League has certainly dominated conversation ever since it emerged that 12 of the biggest clubs in the world, including Manchester United, were planning to create a breakaway league of their own.
Of course, football fans were not happy with the idea of a league where the 15 founding members, 3 more were expected to be added to the original 12, were set to have guaranteed spots in the competition.
But now, it does not appear that there will even be such a competition. Amidst growing pressure from the fans, Chelsea were rumoured to be the first club who were preparing to leave the competition. Manchester City followed suit soon and even made an official announcement before anyone else.
The rest of the four were quick to follow and now it very much looks like none of the English clubs will be involved in the competition. Fabrizio Romano tweeted out confirming the news:
Joel Glazer comments on Ed Woodward’s coming Manchester United exit at the end of 2021
Amidst all this, news also broke out that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will step down from his role at the end of 2021. And the timing of this does seem a bit curious considering everything that has been taking place regarding the European Super League today.
As reported by the club’s official website, co-Chairman Joel Glazer said of the exit:
"“Ed Woodward has served the club with great distinction. On behalf of everyone at United I would like to place on record our sincere thanks for his tireless work and dedication.“His contribution to the club has been massive, and he will always be welcome at Old Trafford as a part of the Manchester United family.”"
Ed Woodward had joined the club back in 2005 and became the executive vice-chairman in 2012, meaning he will be bringing a near 16 year run to an end at the end of 2021.
It remains to be seen who will replace him at the club as there is no doubt that he was one of the most influential figures at Old Trafford.