The past couple of days have been like no other in football history. It had emerged that 12 of the biggest clubs in the world, including Manchester United, wanted to create a competition of their own called the European Super League.
15 of the spots in this 20-team competition would be guaranteed, while the remaining 5 would be decided upon the performances from the previous. Also, the massive financial incentive of playing in the Super League meant that it would further widen the gap between the top teams and the rest.
The idea was not taken well by football fans around the world and it is not hard to see why. While it would have a huge impact on the UEFA Champions League, you also have to wonder what such a competition would have meant for the leagues.
Ultimately though, it emerged yesterday that Chelsea were looking to withdraw from the competition. Manchester City soon followed and after that the rest of the four English teams decided to withdraw as well. Since then, the Super League has been suspended.
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Why Ed Woodward decided to quit Manchester United
Amidst all this, it emerged that Woodward was set to step down from his role as executive vice-chairman of the club at the end of 2021. The timing of the announcement was certainly curious to say the least.
Certain rumours had suggested that Woodward had always planned to step down from his role in the near future. But as reported by the Daily Star, he decided to resign after he realised he had made “one of the biggest mistakes of his professional career” when it comes to the European Super League and felt overwhelming remorse for it.
Woodward had arrived at Old Trafford back in 2005 and became the executive vice-chairman in 2012, and was one of the most influential figures at the club. It remains to be seen who will replace him.