Man Utd owners the Glazers think Richard Arnold ticks perfect box as Ed Woodward successor
Ed Woodward Resigns Amid Collapse Of European Super League
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Manchester United’s owners, the Glazers, reportedly think highly of Richard Arnold when it comes to potentially replacing Ed Woodward. The 49-year-old resigned on Tuesday in the wake of the backlash over a new European Super League. And the Red Devils are now on the lookout for a successor.
Woodward and other members of the United hierarchy have come under fire in the wake of their unsuccessful attempt to start a European Super League.
And the 49-year-old announced his resignation on Tuesday, saying: “We have invested more than £1bn in the squad during my time here and I am particularly delighted with the progress the players have made under the astute leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team in the last two years.
“I am sure that with the changes we have made on-field and to the coaching and football staff in recent years this great club will soon be lifting silverware again.
“It deserves to.
“I desperately wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure and I am certain that the foundations are in place for us to win it back for our passionate fans.”
Now, attention is starting to turn towards who will replace Woodward.
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And the Athletic say the Glazers could go for Arnold, who is currently the club’s managing director.
It’s said he looks a ‘more natural long-term fit’ given his commercial importance to the Red Devils, something that ticks a major box for the Glazers.
Sponsorship strength is said to be the biggest priority for the Glazers, something they admired Woodward for.
And while many United fans are clamouring for the potential appointment of Edwin van der Sar, they could now be left disappointed.
There’s a feeling, however, that the Glazers are now more open to selling the club than ever before.
And whether that happens remains to be seen, with only the world’s wealthiest individuals in the running to take over.
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United’s owners previously held talks with a Saudi Arabian consortium about a potential takeover, though those discussions resulted in nothing happening.
And Conor McGregor recently mischievously claimed he was ‘thinking about’ buying the Red Devils.
Meanwhile, Glazer wrote an apology letter to supporters on Wednesday – acknowledging he got things wrong with the Super League idea.
“To all Manchester United supporters,” it read.
“Over the past few days, we have all witnessed the great passion which football generates, and the deep loyalty our fans have for this great club.
“You made very clear your opposition to the European Super League, and we have listened. We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.
“Although the wounds are raw and I understand that it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans and learning from the message you delivered with such conviction.
“We continue to believe that European football needs to become more sustainable throughout the pyramid for the long-term. However, we fully accept that the Super League was not the right way to go about it.
“In seeking to create a more stable foundation for the game, we failed to show enough respect for its deep-rooted traditions –promotion, relegation, the pyramid – and for that we are sorry.
“This is the world’s greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days.
“It is important for us to put that right.
“Manchester United has a rich heritage and we recognise our responsibility to live up to its great traditions and values.
“The pandemic has thrown up so many unique challenges and we are proud of the way Manchester United and its fans from Manchester and around the world have reacted to the enormous pressures during this period.
“We also realise that we need to better communicate with you, our fans, because you will always be at the heart of the club.
“In the background, you can be sure that we will be taking the necessary steps to rebuild relationships with other stakeholders across the game, with a view to working together on solutions to the long-term challenges facing the football pyramid.
“Right now, our priority is to continue to support all of our teams as they push for the strongest possible finish to the season.
“In closing, I would like to recognise that it is your support which makes this club so great, and we thank you for that.
“With best regards, Joel Glazer.”
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