As Ed Woodward prepares to leave Manchester United, Richard Arnold’s plans for the club surface.
Richard Arnold is set to be promoted by Manchester United, with Ed Woodward set to leave the club.
According to reports, when Richard Arnold replaces Ed Woodward as Manchester United chairman, he intends to be different from the 49-year-old.
In the wake of the failed European Super League plot, Woodward announced his departure from the club back in April.
He’s been at Old Trafford since 2013, and he’s been a divisive figure for a long time.
When news of the European Super League plot broke earlier this year, Woodward had no choice but to announce his departure.
The 49-year-old, who had long angered supporters with his decision-making, announced his departure after nine years as executive vice-chairman.
Arnold is set to succeed Woodward as CEO, albeit with a new title.
And according to The Athletic, when he officially replaces Woodward, who is having the ‘finishing touches’ put on his departure, the United boss will make significant changes.
Arnold will not be as “hands-on” as his predecessor, according to reports.
Instead, he’s said to be willing to ‘grant autonomy to the sporting side,’ allowing for ‘greater budget and decision control.’
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That means current football director John Murtough will take the reins.
Darren Fletcher, who has been assisting Ralf Rangnick in acclimating to life in Manchester since his appointment last month, will be his assistant.
They’ll be in charge of deciding who will be the club’s next manager, as Rangnick is unlikely to be hired on a permanent basis.
Players believe Mauricio Pochettino will take the job instead, despite the fact that he is under contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2023.
Murtough and Fletcher will also have a say in how transfer shortlists are created, which is something Woodward used to have a lot of say in.
They’ll also decide how player sales will be handled.
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Woodward was rumored to be staying on at United in a consulting role, but that isn’t certain right now.
Arnold is said to have demonstrated his willingness to learn on the job by contacting a number of stakeholders in recent months to find out their opinions on how the club should be run.
Also, he’s approachable.
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