Ed Woodward will choose Manchester United’s chief executive before he leaves his post at Old Trafford when he steps down from his role at the end of this year.
It came amid the furious backlash to the breakaway European Super League, which United had signed up to before withdrawing on Tuesday night.
But as Woodward prepared to leave United after 16 years, the Manchester Evening News report that he will choose who succeeds him.
The last three people in the chief executive or executive vice-chairman role – Woodward, David Gill and Peter Kenyon – have all been appointed from within United’s power structure.
According to The MEN, many staff at United are ‘gutted’ Woodward is leaving with some adamant he has ‘taken a bullet for the Glazer family’ over the failed Super League idea, which he genuinely opposed.
However, there is a suggestion that Woodward ‘underestimated’ the fan backlash to the competition and knows he made an error of judgement.