Gary Neville mocks Ed Woodward resignation as Manchester United executive vice-chairman


Gary Neville mocks Ed Woodward’s Manchester United resignation as it’s claimed their chief executive quit ‘because he couldn’t support the Super League plans’… only for the club to pull out hours later anyway!

  • Ed Woodward has reportedly earned £21m as a Man United chief since 2013 
  • But he offered his resignation at the club after pulling out of the Super League 
  • BBC Sport have since claimed he felt unable to support the breakway plans 
  • But Gary Neville mocked those claims with a laughing emoji on Twitter 

Gary Neville has poked fun at claims Ed Woodward resigned from his post at Manchester United because he could not support their plans to be involved in the European Super League.

Woodward – who was planning to leave his role as executive vice-chairman at the end of the year anyway having reportedly earned an eye-watering £21million at the club since 2013 – tendered his resignation on Tuesday.

The news emerged shortly before United announced they were pulling out of the controversial breakaway league, just 48 hours after announcing themselves as a founding member of the competition.

Gary Neville has mocked claims Ed Woodward resigned because he felt he could not support Manchester United's European Super League plans

Gary Neville has mocked claims Ed Woodward resigned because he felt he could not support Manchester United’s European Super League plans

BBC Sport have since claimed Woodward resigned because he felt unable to support the controversial proposal of a breakaway league just hours before United withdrew from it along with the other members of the Premier League ‘Big Six’.

But Sky Sports pundit Neville appeared to mock those claims as the reason behind his departure, simply tweeting a laughing emoji as his response.

The former United and England right-back then retweeted another post that read: ‘Ed Woodward briefing after he’s announced he’s leaving that he didn’t believe in the thing we’re led to believe he was negotiating for at least a year – is exactly what you’d expect Ed Woodward to brief now.’

Gary Lineker also had his say on the situation, adding: ‘I understand (know) that Ed Woodward resigned on Monday because he believes in the football pyramid.’

United withdrew from the Super League 48 hours after announcing themselves as a member

United withdrew from the Super League 48 hours after announcing themselves as a member

BBC Sport made claims about Woodward's reluctance, which Neville did not agree with

BBC Sport made claims about Woodward’s reluctance, which Neville did not agree with

Sportsmail – as stated earlier this week – understands Woodward was a key figure in the failed breakaway league, having been a hugely influential presence at the European Clubs Association beforehand and helping to organise the new Champions League format.

He was also one of the ‘snakes’ called out by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin during an impassioned speech on Monday following the initial formation of the Super League. 

‘If I start with Ed Woodward, he called me last Thursday evening saying he’s very satisfied with and fully supports the reforms and the only thing he want to talk about was FFP, when obviously he had already signed something else,’ Ceferin said. 

Neville’s mockery is the second time he has appeared to criticise figures at the club, having slammed United’s three-line statement announcing their Super League withdrawal.

United’s statement read: ‘Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League.

‘We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders. 

‘We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game.’

In response, Neville labelled it:’Quite possibly the worst communication I’ve ever seen in my life!’. He also added  he had read the statement ‘3-4 times’ and could not get over the manner in which the Premier League giants had downplayed the situation.

Rio Ferdinand also demanded answers from Woodward and United’s American owners, the Glazers, as to why they initially signed up for the Super League. 

Woodward was believed to have played a key role in the Super League as well as the Glazers

Woodward was believed to have played a key role in the Super League as well as the Glazers

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