Manchester United have confirmed that chief executive David Gill will step down from his role at the end of the season.
Gill will officially leave his post on 30th June, but will remain a director at the club.
Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward will take on the responsibility of chief executive..
Gill released a statement saying: “It has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16 wonderful years – the last 10 of which as its chief executive.
“However, I have always been conscious of the fact that, as a member of staff, I was always just a temporary custodian of this marvellous institution. I am also of the view that all businesses need to refresh themselves with new management and ideas and after 10 years in charge I believe it is appropriate for someone new to pick up the baton.
“I’m delighted Ed has accepted the role. I have worked with him for more than seven years and in that time he has built up knowledge of football matters, which will hold him in good stead for the future.”
Gill first joined Manchester United’s board in 1997 and became chief executive in 2003. He was named vice chairman of the Football Association in October last year and has been nominated as its candidate in the upcoming Uefa Executive Committee elections in May 2013.
Since David Gill joined the board in 1997 Manchester United have won 22 trophies, which include –
- 8 Premier League Trophies
- 5 Community Shield’s
- 3 League Cup’s
- 2 F.A Cup’s
- 2 Champions League’s
- 1 Intercontinental Cup
- 1 FIFA World Club Cup
Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Him stepping down is a big loss to me but the fact that he is staying on the board encourages me.
“If I could have found a way of persuading him to stay I would love to have done that. But he has made his decision and I respect him for it.”
Manchester United currently sit on top of the Premier League and are in the last 16 of the Champions League, drawing 1-1 with Real Madrid in the first leg of their tie at the Bernabeu last week.