FORWARD THE GAME: Ed Woodward will NOT delay leaving to hire new Manchester United boss

AHEAD THE GAME: Ed Woodward will NOT delay his departure to hire a new Manchester United boss… but the executive vice-chairman will likely be offered an advisory position

  • Ed Woodward leaves his position at Manchester United in April as planned
  • Managing director Richard Arnold is lining up to succeed Woodward
  • Meanwhile, Brentford’s boffins have come to the conclusion that they should finish 15th
  • And Derby is willing to bet on Wayne Rooney’s £90,000 a week wage

Ed Woodward will leave his position as executive vice-chairman of Manchester United as scheduled in April, with CEO Richard Arnold lining up to replace him.

While Woodward played a hands-on role in last week’s dramatic events at Old Trafford with the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and the hiring of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager, he doesn’t plan to stay on until another summer is over. permanent appointment has been made.

Managing director Richard Arnold (L) lined up to succeed Ed Woodward (R) at Man United

Arnold would like to take charge as soon as possible, although a final decision on the timing of the transition rests with the Glazer family.

Woodward is likely to be offered an advisory role at United when he eventually leaves, with the club keen to maintain its contacts and influence in the industry.


Brentford’s groundbreaking mathematical approach to the transfer market and performance analysis have enabled the club to rise above their weight, and fans will hope the boffins continue to perform.

After studying the latest data from 12 Premier League games, Brentford’s team have come to the conclusion that they should finish 15th, which should give Thomas Frank’s players some confidence ahead of Sunday’s game against Everton after a run of five games without a league win.

Brentford's boffins think they should finish 15th in the Premier League this season

Brentford’s boffins think they should finish 15th in the Premier League this season


Helen MacNamara, the Premier League’s recently appointed director of policy and business affairs, has emerged as a key figure in the top club’s efforts to delay and water down the recommendations of Tracey Crouch’s fan-led review, which this week called for the creation of an independent regulator and greater redistribution of money to the lower divisions.

The former deputy chief of staff, who is in fact number 2 in the Premier League after chief executive Richard Masters, has impeccable connections in government after spending 20 years in the civil service and is well placed to defend the big clubs that exist. major reforms will take place damaging the competitiveness of the league and its global status.

MacNamara has already made her presence felt in tough negotiations with the EFL, and will lead the Premier League’s efforts to delay major changes until after the next general election.


Derby’s managers Quantuma resist the temptation to save money by cutting Wayne Rooney’s salary, as they view the manager as the club’s greatest asset in their efforts to find a buyer.

The former England captain is still receiving his full wages of £90,000 a week despite Derby’s precarious financial position, which includes debts of £83million, a further £153million ‘soft loan’ from former owner Mel Morris and cash assets of in total only £630,000.

Wayne Rooney still receives £90,000 a week despite Derby's precarious financial position

Wayne Rooney still receives £90,000 a week despite Derby’s precarious financial position

Quantuma reason that retaining Rooney will spark more interest in the club, a gamble that appears to be paying off as a Malaysia-backed consortium formed this month to rival a £50m bid for the Derby from the American businessman Chris Kirchner.


EFL clubs have been annoyed by Aston Villa boss Christian Purslow’s erroneous claim this week that the Premier League has loaned the lower divisions £250m to help them through the pandemic.

The loan Purslow cited when he argued against calls for more redistribution was a £117.5 million loan to the EFL provided by MetLife Investment Management, which had been agreed in March to be distributed to Championship clubs.

The Premier League was involved in the process, but their only financial contribution was a commitment to make payments of up to £15 million to secure the credit facility.

EFL clubs are annoyed by Aston Villa chieftain Christian Purslow this week

EFL clubs are annoyed by Aston Villa chieftain Christian Purslow this week

The Premier League has also provided £50 million in aid to struggling clubs in League One and Two, as well as up to £20 million in supervised loans, so their total aid to the EFL during the pandemic is about a quarter of the £250 million spent by Purslow.

Perhaps he was thinking of the estimated amount EFL clubs have lost over the past two years due to missing tickets.