Manchester United’s Chief of Executive Richard Arnold is set to leave the club at the end of the year ahead of the anticipated takeover by Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
Ratcliffe, owner of INEOS, is set to buy a 25% stake with control over the footballing side of things at Old Trafford as The Glazers take a further backseat in their control over the Red Devils. It has been widely reported that Sir Jim is keen on bringing his own team into football operations, namely Sir Dave Brailsford in a senior role.
As a result, the future of Arnold has been determined, although no club confirmation has been publicised yet. It is expected that John Murtough could also be on his way out of the club.
Arnold succeeded Ed Woodward in the role of Chief Executive 2 years ago. He had been under fire this summer after the spillage of the Mason Greenwood drama. The decision for whether Greenwood would be brought back to Old Trafford was said to be put in the hands of Arnold. It was reported that the club were preparing to bring him back until backlash from fans and numerous organisations forced the club to U-turn on their decision. Protests outside of Old Trafford soon ensued and before the transfer window shut in September, the striker was shipped out on loan to Spanish club Getafe.
Red Devil Armada’s Verdict:
This is a move that was widely expected to happen as a reshuffle begins at the top of the chain. As with any business takeover, there will always be collateral and I think Manchester United fans will be pleased with this move as figureheads with more experience, and more importantly football brains begin to be employed by the club. For far too long, the club has been ran by business executives who put profit before football. With the tides gradually changing, this is good news for United fans.