Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has resigned and will leave the Premier League club at the end of the year, in light of the Super League backlash.
The 49-year-old’s exit is understood to be amicable with the owners, the Glazer family, and he will continue in his role until the end of 2021.
“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,” Woodard said.
“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.”
Concluding a lengthy statement, Woodward said: “I would like to thank United’s passionate fans for their support during the good and bad times.”