Manchester United to confirm Richard Arnold as Ed Woodward's replacement at Old Trafford


Manchester United are primed to name Richard Arnold as Ed Woodward’s replacement, reports say. Woodward announced he’d be leaving his post at Old Trafford back in April, shortly after the European Super League debacle. And another close ally to the Glazers is now set to take over. 

According to Sky News, United could announce Arnold as their chief executive in the coming days – or even as early as Monday afternoon.

Woodward has been the club’s executive vice-chairman ever since 2012, where he replaced David Gill in the role before taking on greater power after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The current United chief announced he’d be leaving the club in April, mere days after their plan to join a new European Super League collapsed amid huge uproar from all corners of the footballing world.

Woodward will, however, reportedly stay at the club in a consultancy role.

Arnold is now primed to become one of the biggest, most powerful figures within British sport. He’d previously worked at the club as commercial director. 

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Arnold’s appointment isn’t a surprise, with the Red Devils chief long been considered a frontrunner to take on the role.

A source is quoted as saying the club will now make numerous changes to the way they’re ran, though won’t involved ‘formal restructuring’.

Arnold has been close to the Glazers, having helped them enhance the club from a financial perspective over the years.

The club’s controversial American owners have insisted they’re committed to the cause, despite many fans having issues with them over the years.

But they did win some support by signing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer transfer window.

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It’s been a rough season for United so far, however.

They started the campaign well under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning two of their opening Premier League fixtures against Leeds and Wolves respectively.

However, after Ronaldo’s return, the club struggled for results.

The Glazers axed Solskjaer at the end of last month, less than 24 hours after a heavy 4-1 defeat away at Watford.

Ralf Rangnick has since been named as his interim replacement, with the club to then look at hiring a permanent manager at the end of the campaign. 

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