Manchester United FC has positioned Richard Arnold to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the club, which will come into effect on 1 February 2022.

The former Group Managing Director of the Premier League side will now take on the title of the team’s most Senior Executive, after having worked for Manchester United since 2007.

Arnold shared his delight for the appointment, adding: “I am honoured to have the chance to serve this great club and its fans. I am determined to return that honour in any way I can.”

Furthermore, it has also been revealed that Ed Woodward is to step down from his job as Executive Vice-Chairman, which is also effective from 1 February, after the club announced his intended departure in April last year but had not yet released a date.

Initially, this decision led to Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all stepping away from the European Club Association (ECA). 

Moreover, on the appointment, in Arnold’s previous positions at the club, firstly as Commercial director and then as Group Managing Director, he has been praised for his ‘tireless work’.

Joel Glazer, Executive Co-Chairman, noted: “I would like to thank Ed on behalf of Manchester United during his nine years as Executive Vice-Chairman and 16 years with the club. 

“We are now looking forward to Richard and his leadership team opening a new phase in the club’s evolution, with ambitious plans for investment in Old Trafford, the strengthening of our engagement with fans, and continued drive towards our most important objective – winning on the pitch.”

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