Ed Woodward is no longer involved with Manchester United’s transfer recruitment, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Since 2013, when he was made the club’s official CEO, the Englishman has overseen all transfer activity at Old Trafford. His role, which places him at the very top of operations at Old Trafford, has consisted of acquiring targets, whilst setting and distributing United’s allocated budget.
It would be an understatement in saying that Woodward has come under criticism since occupying such a role, having directed the team rather blindly down an unstable path, failing to establish a thorough and well thought out philosophy for the club. A lack of vision has hampered the team’s form on the field, with the side experiencing a rollercoaster of managerial changes and mishaps.
To put it simply, Woodward’s strengths do not lie with implanting policies to help the aid club from a football perspective. He is a businessman who helped guide the Glazers with their purchase of the club back in 2005, playing an integral role in United’s soaring of revenue streams since their takeover.
When discussing finances and sponsorship deals, the CEO has delivered, but he isn’t the right figure to lead the club to their 21st league title, an achievement the side have come nowhere near since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
A lack of infrastructure behind the scenes has led to the team’s demise, but small steps towards a rebuild have been taking place this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has implanted a three-year blueprint to help the club re-stabilise and put solid foundations in place, to progress and gain success once again.
We have seen from the positive signings last summer that United are beginning to re-build a squad capable of challenging. As per the MEN though, Woodward has had no say in such transfer recruitment.
They claim that ‘he is no longer involved in recruitment’, but does still play his part in the negations of deals. The club now have a recruitment team that work with scouting, locating and identifying targets, a structured approach that fans have been crying out for, for many years now.
Woodward will still remain an integral member of the board and his face will still be shown on cameras around Old Trafford. However, such news suggests that he has taken a step back from the football decisions at the club, with the new policy of recruitment already paying off.
It’s simply five for five since last summer, as Harry Maguire, Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Odion Ighalo and Bruno Fernandes have all arrived and offered positivity to the squad, albeit through their own individual qualities.