Manchester United chief executive David Gill has stepped down from his post eleven years after he was appointed. The fifty-five year old will be replaced by forty year old Ed Woodward, United’s current executive vice-chairman, on June 30. Although Gill will remain a director for the club, he will attempt to become the English FA’s representative for the Uefa executive committee.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Gill’s stepping down is a “big loss to me” but that it encourages him that Gill will stay as a director.
“Him steeping down is a big loss for me but the fact that he is staying on the board encourages me that the reason for his departure is heartfelt- that he believes it is time for the club to move on,” Ferguson commented.
“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. He has been, and will continue to be, a fantastic success for Manchester United. He has all the qualities of successful people ingrained in him: energy, honesty, integrity, personality and decision making ability. I wish him well in whatever new challenges he will tackle in the future.”