Man Utd announces Richard Arnold as new CEO

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Manchester United have announced Richard Arnold as the new CEO. He succeeds the outgoing club manager Ed Woodward, who initially confirmed his intention to resign in April last year.

Arnold joined United as Commercial Director for the Group in 2007 and was promoted to CEO in 2013. He will now take over the day – to – day running of the club from Woodward, with the official change on 1 February.

“I am honored to have the chance to serve this amazing club and its fans. I am determined to give back that honor in every way I can,” Arnold told ManUtd.com.

Co-chairman Joel Glazer said: “I would like to thank Ed for his tireless work on behalf of Manchester United during his nine years as vice-president and 16 years at the club.

“We now look forward to Richard and his leadership team opening a new phase in the club’s development, with ambitious plans to invest in Old Trafford, strengthen our commitment to the fans, and continue our pursuit of our most important goal – to win the pitch.”

Arnold is already expected to approach things a little differently than Woodward, and starting with a job title that reflects his main focus is business rather than football. He is set to give a greater level of control and independence over sports activities to those like football manager John Murtough.

It had previously been rumored that Woodward, despite resigning as vice-president, would remain at United in some form of consulting capacity. That will not be the case. However, he is expected to continue to participate in the football board’s meetings until the end of June.

Woodward will attend the Football Board’s meetings until the end of June but will not remain as a consultant after that. #mufc

– Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) January 6, 2022

A report from The Times has also indicated that Woodward may therefore still be involved in the recruitment process for United’s new permanent manager.

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