Richard Arnold confirmed as Manchester United’s new CEO

It has also been widely reported Ed Woodward will leave the club and not continue in a consultancy role.

Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Richard Arnold as the club’s new CEO.

Arnold, who’s background is in accountancy, was United’s former Group Managing Director, and has worked at the club since 2007.

He replaces Ed Woodward, who announced he would leave the role following the collapse of the infamous European Super League in April.

Arnold will take over from Woodward in February. Credit: Getty.

It was reported earlier this year that Woodward would remain at the club in a consultancy role, although journalist Charlotte Duncker claims that will not be the case.

Meanwhile, Henry Winter of The Times says the former CEO could retain his seat on the United board until the end of the season to help hire a new long-term manager, with Erik ten Hag now the front runner.

In a statement on Thursday, the club said: “Manchester United has announced that Richard Arnold, formerly Group Managing Director, will become Chief Executive Officer of the Club, effective from 1 February 2022.

“Ed Woodward will step down from his role as Executive Vice-Chairman, also effective from 1st February 2022.

Richard Arnold added: “I am honoured to have the chance to serve this great club and its fans. I am determined to return that honour in any way I can.’

And Joel Glazer, Executive Co-Chairman, said: “I would like to thank Ed for his tireless work on behalf of Manchester United during his nine years as Executive Vice-Chairman and 16 years with the club.

‘We are now looking forward to Richard and his leadership team opening a new phase in the club’s evolution, with ambitious plans for investment in Old Trafford, the strengthening of our engagement with fans, and continued drive towards our most important objective – winning on the pitch.’”