Ed Woodward’s resignation has left Man Utd co-owner Joel Glazer “so upset” as he was “perfect” for them, according to a report.
Executive vice-chairman Woodward announced last week that he would be stepping down at Old Trafford before the end of the year following the backlash over the European Super League.
The 49-year-old, who joined Man Utd in 2005, was the first high-profile departure since plans for the breakaway league were unveiled eight days ago.
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His exit is apparently unrelated but there have been reports he resigned because he was against the idea of the European Super League, although one Premier League chief executive said those claimed are “laughable”.
And now Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire has claimed that the Glazers saw Woodward as the “perfect” man for his position and they shared his view that “winning on the pitch is irrelevant to commercial success”.
Maguire said: “Ed Woodward was perfect for the Glazers. You can see why Joel Glazer was so upset when he tendered his resignation.
“Woodward said winning on the pitch is irrelevant to commercial success. He’s got a manager who has the same philosophy.
“[Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer said before United played against Milan that winning trophies is just for egos. He means that winning trophies is an irrelevance.
“That’s very much the same attitude at board level. That’s the problem at the club.”
Reacting to the news, Solskjaer praised Woodward for maintaining a “very good working relationship” between the pair.
“Football is emotions and emotions run high in football,” said Solskjaer.
“I’ve had a very good working relationship with Ed, the club will have to move on without him and I’m sure Manchester United will always move on.
“I’ll work as long as Manchester United want me to work here and hopefully we can end this season successfully and Ed is part of that.”
Meanwhile, reports late last week claimed that the Red Devils are likely to replace with Woodward with managing director Richard Arnold.
A source told The Athletic that “Arnold would be Ed Mark II” but the report added that ‘some think he may need persuasion to take such an all-encompassing role’.
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