Richard Arnold has decided to step down as Chief Executive of Manchester United after 16 years at the club. The club have now officially announced Arnold, who holds the position of CEO at Old Trafford, is to leave before the end of 2023 and he’ll depart having held different positions at United.
Arnold has been at United since 2007 and he acted as the club’s managing director from 2013, overseeing huge commercial growth, until replacing Woodward last year.
He’s spent just 21 months as the club’s CEO and he sent a message to supporters following the announcement of his exit.
This is part of changes with INEOS set to complete the acquisition of a 25% stake in the club. Patrick Stewart will be the interim CEO, as revealed. Richard Arnold leaves Manchester United after 16 years, now official. He(Arnold) said: “It has been an incredible privilege to serve this great football club. Through highs and lows, the constant has been the dedication of our employees and fans. I would like to thank all of them for their loyalty and commitment, and wish everyone associated with the club the very best for the future”.
Patrick Stewart added:”Together with my leadership team colleagues, my job will be to ensure that the club’s foundations remain stable while we embrace changes that can make us stronger over the long term, on and off the pitch, and to support the search for a new permanent CEO.”
Joel Glazer, executive co-chairman, added: “I would like to thank Richard for his outstanding service to Manchester United over the past 16 years, and wish him all the best for his future endeavours. We are fortunate to be able to call on the deep knowledge and experience of Patrick Stewart to provide interim stability and continuity as we embark on a search for a new permanent CEO.”
Richard Arnold gone, and John Murtough could also leave, with Blanc and Mitchell the favourites to replace them.
Still not expecting much with the Glazers in charge, but these three working together could improve the football side of things at Man Utd.