Ed Woodward is said to have phoned Joel Glazer to inform him that he was stepping down as Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman after realising he’d made “the biggest mistake of his career”. The controversial club chief confirmed yesterday that he was stepping down from his role at the end of 2021 following a fierce backlash from supporters.
Woodward was heavily involved in the Big Six’s plans to form part of the breakaway European Super League, which has since folded like a deck of cards.
United confirmed last night in a statement on their official website that they were pulling out of the ESL.
That reality effectively made Woodward’s position untenable, given that he was a huge influence in United’s involvement.
Yet even he was unprepared to the fierce backlash the European Super League would receive from fans, as the club’s own supporters began to turn on United earlier this week.
According to The Daily Star, Woodward accepted his fate and has privately admitted this was “the biggest mistake of his career”.
There had been whispers that Woodward was already preparing to step down from his role but his hand has been forced in the past few days.
Joel Glazer allegedly tried talking Woodward out of his resignation but his decision was already final.