Manchester United's long serving CEO David Gill will step down from the role in June Manutd.com reports. Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward will take over responsibilities and Richard Arnold will be promoted to Group Managing Director.
Gill has spent 10 years as Chief Executive for United and has overseen remarkable results on and off of the pitch. Gill also oversaw the transition of the club passing to ownership of the Glazer family. Gill was recently appointed the Vice Chairman of the FA this past October and has been nominated in the upcoming UEFA Executive Committee elections in May of 2013.
Gill's statement said, "It has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16 wonderful years-the last 10 of which as its Chief Executive. I have worked alongside the finest manager in history of the game and been part of what I consider to be the best club in the best sport in the world. It has been a very hard decision because I love this club and, as the fans' banner says, it is, 'more than a religion'."
Gill went on to thank all of the staff at United including the Glazer family and reserving special praise for Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson has expressed his admiration for Gill stating that losing him would be a big loss and would have talked him out of it if he could have but also respects his decision as he believes it is a heartfelt one and puts the club first.
Gill will remain a director on the board of the club.Tags: David Gill, Ed Woodward, FA, Glazer Family, Manchester, Manchester United, Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer