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David Gill will step down from his role at Manchester United at the end of the season


Manchester United's long serving board member David Gill will step down from his role as chief executive to focus on his nomination for the UEFA Executive Committee in May.

Gill joined the club as a finance director in 1997, and was moved to the position of chief executive in 2003, which is the role he will now be leaving on the 30th of June.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has already been lined up as Gill's replacement when he leaves in the summer.

Gill is already the vice chairman of the FA, a role which has seen him nominated for the UEFA Ecexutive committee when it's elections are held in May.

Speaking candidly to the club's official website, Gill 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 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 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."

"However, I have always been conscious of the fact that, as a member of staff, I was always just a temporary custodian of this marvellous institution."

"I am also of the view that all businesses need to refresh with new management and ideas and after 10 years in charge I believe it is appropriate for someone new to pick up the baton."

"I'm delighted Ed has accepted the role. I have worked with him for more than seven years and in that time he has built up knowledge of football matters, which will hold him in good stead for the future."

Gill's final season in charge may well see the club recreate the huge success of 1999, with the club sitting comfortably at the top of the Premier League, and still fighting it out in both the FA cup and Champions League. If they were to pull off this feat again, it would be a fitting end for a man who has helped to bring stability and sustained success to one of the world's biggest football clubs.

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