After a decade at the helm of one of the world’s biggest football clubs David Gill will step down as Manchester United chief executive officer in June.
Gill, who will be succeeded by current executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, was involved in the controversial takeover of the 19-time English champions by the American Glazer family.
Macolm Glazer, owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL franchise, acquired a controlling stake in United in 2005, a takeover that sparked fan protests.
“It has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16 wonderful years — the last 10 of which as its chief executive,” said Gill, who joined United as finance director in 1997.
“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,” added Gill, who will remain a director at the club.
“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.”
United co-chairman Joel Glazer said: “David has played a significant role in the success of Manchester United in his 10 years as chief executive and he can take great satisfaction in all that has been achieved on his watch, both on and off the field.”