Woodward will step down from his role at the end of 2021, it was confirmed on Tuesday evening. It comes amid widespread criticism of the proposed European Super League (ESL), with Man United being one of six Premier League clubs thought to have initially signed up to the plan. United’s rivals Manchester City withdrew from the ESL on Tuesday and Chelsea are also planning to do so.
Just moments after the news about Woodward’s resignation broke, Neville – a Red Devils legend himself – tweeted a waving emoji, followed by a photo of him raising a glass with the caption: “To the Super League”.
But the 46-year-old Sky Sports presenter suggested just months ago that Woodward was not the problem at United, after his former side’s failings in the transfer market.
He said in October: “The light shines on Ed Woodward… it doesn’t need to shine on Ed Woodward.
“He has proven himself over a period of 10-15 years to be a highly competent individual running this club from a business perspective.
“The club is operationally profitable, commercial revenue is off the scale, even the ticket prices have stood still, which maybe doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but it has done for a number of years.”
However, Neville did propose a solution.
He added: “Why not put in place a football structure, an individual at the club who is the best in the world with sporting expertise to make sure United are ahead of the game.
“Ahead of the game with signing players, dealing with agents, these are really difficult things to do at all levels.
“It’s not easy to do these things, so I’m not sitting here saying it’s an easy job that he’s got – it’s not.”
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This morning Neville labelled the Glazer family “scavengers” for their reported role in the proposed European Super League – and said they should be “booted out” from the club.
United was one of the founder members of the proposed league, alongside Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
But cracks were reportedly “starting to appear” in the plans today, and tonight they seem to be falling like a house of cards.
It comes following widespread criticism from fans, managers, players and politicians.
Around 1,000 fans gathered outside Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge home ground before their game against Brighton on Tuesday to protest their involvement.
In total, 12 European clubs announced their intentions to form the breakaway league, which they hoped to establish as a new midweek competition.