Gill to leave Manchester United post

Manchester United’s long-standing chief executive David Gill is to step down in the summer, after a decade in the position at Old Trafford.

BBC Sport has reported that the 55-year-old will remain on the board as a director at the club, but Ed Woodward will assume his responsibilities from July.

Gill is also the vice-chairman of the FA, having been elected in October, and has been nominated as its candidate in the upcoming UEFA Executive Committee elections in May.

On his decision to step down at Old Trafford, he said: “It has been a very hard decision because I love this club and, as the fans’ banner says; it is ‘more than a religion’.

I am looking forward to continuing my involvement on the club board and I hope to be able to make a contribution to the game on a wider national and European level.

Gill has been employed at United since 1997 after previous experience in the corporate finance department at First Choice Holidays and Avis Rent a Car System.

He succeeded Peter Kenyon as United’s chief executive in 2003, after Kenyon joined the Roman Abramovich revolution at Chelsea.

Gill has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson. Their time together saw the pair manage to keep Wayne Rooney following his transfer storm in autumn 2010 and win silverware from the FA Cup to the Champions League in 2008.

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