David Gill to leave role as Manchester United chief executive
Gill has often split opinion amongst fans at Old Trafford as a result of his transfer dealings with some sections of supporters unhappy at the clubs unwillingness to part with a significant amount of money for a player in the centre midfield role. Gill had been in his current position of chief executive since 2003 following the departure of the much loathed Peter Kenyon following his move to Chelsea.
Sir Alex Ferguson was among the first to pay tribute to the work David Gill has done during his time at the football club and went on to state “Him stepping down is a big loss to me.” Sir Alex and David Gill have formed a very close relationship in recent years with the two sharing a professional relationship in terms of transfer negotiations and whilst these have not always gone to plan in the more recent of seasons following the influx of money back into the English game through Manchester City, they have more often than not left supporters content.
Much has been said about David Gill’s place of prominence on the board of the Football Association whilst also serving as United’s chief executive and whether this has influenced his decision to leave the post we don’t know. Gill will continue in his role on the Football Association board.
Alongside this announcement it has also been confirmed that current executive vice chairman of the Old Trafford club Ed Woodward will take up the position of chief executive and will assist Sir Alex Ferguson in all transfer market related matters.
Looking back on his time at Old Trafford since 2003 David Gill released a statement this afternoon saying “It has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United”
Written by Chris Winterburn