Manchester United 'set to appoint Richard Arnold as chief executive'

Manchester United ‘are set to appoint Richard Arnold as their first chief executive since David Gill’ with the current managing director replacing Ed Woodward

  • Manchester United may confirm the appointment as early as Monday afternoon
  • Richard Arnold would then likely take over in the role early in the new year
  • David Gill was the last person to hold the title of chief executive at United 

Manchester United are reportedly set to announce that Richard Arnold, the club’s current managing director, will become their new chief executive.

According to Sky News, United could confirm the appointment as early as Monday afternoon to the New York Stock Exchange.

It would mean that Arnold is the first person at United to hold that title since David Gill, who left his role there in 2013.

Richard Arnold (left) is set to take over as Manchester United’s new chief executive 

David Gill (right) was the last person to hold that title at United – he stepped down in 2013

Arnold would effectively replace Ed Woodward in overseeing the day-to-day running of the club and it is believed his role will begin properly in the new year.

Woodward, who has held the title of executive vice-chairman since 2012, is expected to remain at Old Trafford on a consultancy basis, Sky adds. 

It marks another significant change at United, who sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November and appointed Ralf Rangnick as his replacement on an interim basis until the end of the season.

Rangnick will then also move into a consultancy role at United. 

United are currently sixth in the Premier League table and five points off the top four but have two games in hand after their last two matches were called off due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the team. 

As it stands, they are scheduled to return to action on December 27, away to 19th-place Newcastle. 

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