Transfer Talk: CEO position free, Rooney offers to play thereBy: Ian | February 20th, 2013
Well, well. News from Old Trafford today prompted a surprise posting that I’ve found time for. It has been announced that David Gill, Utd’s CEO, will step down on 30 June 2013 after 16 years at Utd, with ten being served at the top. Some of you may think this relatively unimportant, after all it’s just managment. But the relationship between a club’s corporate team and the manager is crucial to success. Utd have been highly favoured in this regard; Sir Alex has only worked with two different CEO’s, in other words, he has only had two bosses. The working relationship has to be good and it has been.
However, do not fear. The new guy is a chap called Ed Woodward, who is currently Vice-Chairman. This is his eighth year at the club and he will take over Gill’s duties on 1 July 2013. This means he’ll be very much in the loop on transfer activity, as Gill is, so let’s hope Fergie finds him just as good to work with. The move has also prompted a number of management changes. I can sense your excitement. In fact, I can only direct you to the Utd website to find out more, because the servers here may crash with page demand if I list them here.
The reason for Gill’s stepping down has been given by the man himself as a need ‘for fresh blood at the top’. New ideas and all that. Fair enough. Gill has done a great job overall, he’s worked well with Fergie and has apparently been on the receiving end of Sir Alex’s arguments many times. He will remain a director and he’s a candidate in the upcoming UEFA Executive Committee elections in May. More virtual excitement I detect.
Let’s wish Gill well and thank him for all the good work he’s done over the last decade.