Richard Arnold confirmed as new Manchester United chief executive

Richard Arnold (courtesey Manchester Utd)

Manchester United has confirmed the appointment of new chief executive Richard Arnold.

Formerly group managing director, he will become CEO from February 1, 2022.

Ed Woodward will step down from his role as executive vice chairman, also effective from February 1.

Richard Arnold said: “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.”

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.”

News of Mr Arnold’s appointment was first reported in early December last year.

Mr Arnold will become the first person to hold the CEO title at Old Trafford since David Gill stepped down in 2013.

Ed Woodward announced he would be leaving the club last April, just days after its plan to join a new European Super League collapsed amid huge uproar from football fans globally.

It led to an apology to fans from Joel Glazer, and a pledge to open a new era of dialogue and consultation with fans, including the creation of a Fan Advisory Board and a Fan Share Scheme.