Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville revealed that Ed Woodward “knew his time in football was finished”. He resigned minutes before Manchester United withdrew from the European Super League. Neville echoed the sentiments shared by his colleague Jamie Carragher. Jamie Carragher felt that it would be near impossible for the owners to gain the trust of the fans back.
“We obviously don’t know why the timing is now,” Neville said of Woodward’s departure. “The leeches could have thrown him under a bus, there’s no doubt about that. Or it could have been that the sensible thing has happened that Ed Woodward knew it was going to get pretty hot in the kitchen for him in the next few months and he needed to get out of there.”
“The fact of the matter is, not just Ed Woodward, every single executive who goes and sits at the Premier League table, every single executive who is on these UEFA or FIFA committees, they need throwing out of that club because there is no way they can turn up again and be trusted,” he added.
Gary Neville mentioned that although Woodward’s departure from Manchester United will cause a huge change in the hierarchy, the problems at Manchester United are deep rooted. He mentioned that he firmly believes that a change of ownership is required. He said that it will be extremely difficult for the Glazers to redeem themselves from this debacle.
“Ed Woodward is the trunk of the tree. We now need to go for the roots because I said last night on Monday Night Football, I felt complicit. They’ve declared their hand.” Neville said. “While they were peacefully sat at the club not making a statement, never showing their hand and never doing media conferences. Yes, they were taking money out of the club, yes, they were leveraged against the club. There was nothing we could do about that once the club became a PLC, but I said last night they attacked every single football fan in this country with what they did.”