‘He knew it was going to be hot in the kitchen and he got out of there’: Gary Neville insists Ed Woodward ‘knew his time was up’ at Man United after a backlash for playing a key role in setting up the European Super League.
Gary Neville claims that Ed Woodward has stepped down from his role as Manchester United Executive Vice President because he knew he would face massive criticism in the coming months.
Woodward became the first victim of the fateful European Super League on Tuesday-evening when it was announced that he would step down from his role at United at the end of the season.
Woodward was a key figure in the controversial plans for the new escape competition, with his ties to US investment bank JP Morgan helping to secure the £ 4.3 billion in funding. And it’s hard to see how his impending departure is unrelated to the doomed European company.
Ed Woodward has stepped down from his role as Executive Vice President of Manchester United
And former United and England right-back Neville, who was one of the leading figures to play in the European Super League, claims Woodward knew his ‘time was up’ at Old Trafford before urging other high-ranking executives involved in the proposals. to be thrown away with him.
“We obviously don’t know why the timing is now,” Neville continued Sky Sports. “The leeches could have thrown him under the bus, or something sensible might have happened.
Ed Woodward knew the kitchen was going to be hot and he had to get out of there.
Any executive sitting at the Premier League table, on these UEFA and FIFA committees, should be kicked out of that club. They cannot be trusted in any way.
Ed Woodward knew his time in football was over. Ed Woodward is the trunk of the tree, we have to go for the roots now. ‘
Gary Neville has been a leading figure in hitting the European Super League
Woodward is leaving United after eight years at the helm and 16 years after first becoming involved as part of the Glazer family’s £ 790 million takeover at Old Trafford in 2005.
He was credited with overseeing a 500 percent growth in commercial revenues from £ 47 million in 2005 to £ 279 million in 2020, but he has also been criticized for opening the United brand to ‘noodle sponsorship’ around the world.
Woodward was held accountable by supporters for winning just three trophies during his time, and his Cheshire home became the target of an angry mob in January 2020.
Clearly, the 49-year-old’s agreement with the US owners – and co-chair Joel Glazer in particular – would be amicable.
Woodward informed his staff of the decision on Tuesday and is said to be ‘quite emotional’ about ending his association with the club.
The creation of the European Super League was met with widespread backlash from supporters
The Super League was officially suspended on Tuesday-evening as all six English clubs – Man City, United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham – formally withdrew.
On another dramatic evening when Chelsea fans protested en masse outside Stamford Bridge for their Premier League clash with Brighton, City and Chelsea began the process of killing the rebel league less than 48 hours after launch by retreating late in the afternoon. Pull. tremendous pressure on the other 10 founders to follow suit as they held crisis talks about their exit strategies.
As soon as they threw in the towel, Woodward sensationally announced his resignation. And before the evening was over, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham had followed suit.
This was followed by a statement from the Super League confirming that “will reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project.”