David Gill steps down


David Gill will step down as Manchester United chief executive on 30 June, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Gill, 55, joined United in February 1997 as finance director before becoming chief executive in 2003. He will remain a director of the club.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward will take over as chief executive.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Him stepping down is a big loss to me but the fact that he is staying on the board encourages me.”

He added: “If I could have found a way of persuading him to stay I would love to have done that. But he has made his decision and I respect him for it.”

Gill, a chartered accountant by profession, was named vice chairman of the Football Association in October last year and has been nominated as its candidate in the upcoming Uefa Executive Committee elections in May 2013.

“It has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United,” said Gill.

“I have worked alongside the finest manager in the 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’.

“I’ve experienced some incredible highs, such as the Treble in 1999 and the Premier League and Champions League double in 2008, and lows, like losing the title with the last kick of the season last year. But that is what makes this club and this sport so compelling.”

Gill’s 10 years as chief executive has coincided with record revenues at the club, as well as the takeover of the club by the Glazer family.

United reported a 74% rise in profits for the second half of 2012.

Total revenues were up, with income from sponsors particularly strong, though broadcast revenues were down.

The Old Trafford club still has debts of £366.6m and staff costs rose by more than 10% to £84.5m, mainly because of new player signings and player wage increases.

Gill says his decision to step down, and Woodward’s appointment as the new chief executive in June, will help to “refresh” the club.

“I’m delighted Ed has accepted the role,” he added. “I have worked with him for more than seven years.

“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.”

Manchester United are currently top of the Premier League and in the last 16 of the Champions League, drawing 1-1 with Real Madrid in the first leg of their tie.



  1. I remember the dark days following Ronaldo’s departure when a lot of us felt that the leadership within the club had sold out to the Glazers – that there was a conspiracy led by Gill and supported by Ferguson, to strip away our vital-ness in preference to a “money tree” type of club. Farming players for a profit, and to be damned with the product on the pitch.
    Well, OK, we haven’t won the CL again, and last year looked very bleak, but in all honesty, we have competed on the pitch and yet still the financial model is growing.

    David Gill is a Football exec and as such, we should never make him complicit in any effort to make our team weaker. His job, and as such, is to make the Glazers their best return on their investment. He wasn’t supposed to be our hero or savior – he’s a “money man” and that’s how he should be judged.

    My opinion is that he steered a steady course through some pretty rough waters and it seems he’ll leave his job with the club a lot sounder than we he started it.

    I say kudos to Gill!!

  2. OK, so Barca has just laid an egg!

    Can it be that the stars are aligning and that moon beams are shining down directly on OT. I heard that pigs are flying over the Greater Manchester metropolitan area and that lightning has struck the Stretford end, twice, during the latest rain storm. Me thinks there’s something in the air.

    It’s no coincidence that good teams benefit when better teams trip up, and of course I would never suggest that we lull in the shadow of a team like Barcelona, that would be sacrilege wouldn’t it, so I wont. What I will say is that if Milan manage to knock off the Messi-All-Stars, our chances of winning the CL will improve exponentially.

    It’s a matter of match-ups – United, as a team, do not have much advantage over Barca. In fact, none at all. We are the ones that need to control the game and up against them, we wilt and surrender possession to them by an astonishing margin.

    So when the improbably seems impossible but then, all of a sudden, appears likely, the onus is squarely on the shoulders of the lucky ones.
    United now need to take full advantage of Barca’s stumble and take care, carefully, of their own business.

    Lets make no mistake, when John Terry slipped on his arse, the Football gods had already made up it’s mind about who’s side they’re on – it’s been 4 years and now they can no longer deny the good from the evil!!

    😀 😀

    • @Redrich: We have not knocked Madrid out yet and it is very conceivable that they can score more than one goal at Old Trafford. It would be better if in the summer we actually invested in midfielders, because Milan would not have achieved that result with our quite frankly pathetic midfield.

      We are the biggest club in the world, we must have the best team which befits that title. We don’t at the moment.

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