Close sidebar

Details have emerged on why Ed Woodward left Manchester United role

woodward glazer

“His contribution to the club has been massive.”

Details have emerged on why Ed Woodward quit his role as Manchester United executive vice-chairman, including a phone call with Joel Glazer.

European Super League.

On Tuesday night, Manchester United officially announced Ed Woodward’s exit from his role as executive vice-chairman at the club before subsequently announcing their withdrawal from the European Super League, less than 48 hours after pledging to join.

The ‘big six’ English clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur had joined Spanish clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Italian clubs AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan by forming the European Super League.

However, all six Premier League clubs withdrew from the breakaway league on Tuesday night and they were joined by the three Italian clubs and Atletico Madrid.


Ed Woodward.

According to The Daily Star, Woodward telephoned Manchester United co-owner Joel Glazer on Tuesday to inform him that he would be announcing that he is standing down from his role early.

Woodward decided to resign after he described the European Super League as “one of the biggest mistakes of his professional career”.

It is believed that Glazer tried his best to talk him out of the decision but was unable to do so and reluctantly accepted the decision.

Glazer is a close friend of Woodward and was also named Super League vice-chairman.

glazer united


“I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest football club for the past 16 years,” Woodward said in his statement.

“The club is well-positioned for the future and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year.

“I will treasure the memories from my time at Old Trafford, during a period when we won the Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. I am proud of the regeneration of the club’s culture and our return to the Manchester United way of playing.

“We have invested more than £1bn in the squad during my time here and I am particularly delighted with the progress the players have made under the astute leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team in the last two years.”

Glazer paid tribute to Woodward shortly after: “Ed Woodward has served the club with great distinction. On behalf of everyone at United, I would like to place on record our sincere thanks for his tireless work and dedication.

“His contribution to the club has been massive.”

ed woodward glazer

LOI Arena.

LOI Arena is the new home for great League of Ireland discussion. Each week Con and Conan will take to the mic to analyse the highs and lows from the Greatest League in the World. The lads are joined by great guests each week who share a passion for all things LOI and Irish Football.

Episode 4 of LOI Arena is free to listen to here.Shamrock Rovers star Joey O’Brien discussed life in English football, dealing with injuries and the importance of faith.

The podcast will form part of a new membership offering from Pundit Arena that focuses on Irish soccer fans for just €3.99 per month, less than a euro per week.

Fans can sign up or register to listen for free at

You can also follow the show on Twitter and contact us via email at [email protected].

Sign Up For The LOI Arena Newsletter

Read More About: ,