Manchester United’s owners should ask for Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice as they prepare to replace Ed Woodward, according to one EFL club chief.
United have a big decision to make as they look to find the successor to their outgoing executive vice-chairman. Woodward had earlier signalled his intention to leave, but the furore over the European Super League fast-tracked his decision. Indeed, the 49-year-old announced his resignation as clubs pulled out of the failed competition last Monday.
Woodward will subsequently step down at the end of 2021, leaving a post to fill in the club’s hierarchy.
The former accountant has played a key role at the Red Devils, taking over from David Gill in 2012.
Red Devils great Ferguson managed at Old Trafford at the time and led his club to another Premier League title in 2013.
As such, Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry reckons the Glazer family – who own United – could seek his advice again.
“I think if I owned Manchester United, I’d be going to Sir Alex and saying, ‘What do you recommend?'” Fry told FootballFancast.
“Because as he proved for 26 years, with the amazing career he had there, there will never be anybody like that, winning so many trophies, he’s respected throughout the world and he knows everybody.
“I would definitely, if I was anything to do with Manchester United, be going and saying ‘What do you suggest?'”
Ferguson moved to United in 1986, looking to knock Liverpool off their perch in English football.
He did just that, winning 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League crowns.
What’s more, his illustrious 26-year managerial connection with United has continued since his retirement in 2013 and the Scot now acts as a club ambassador and director.
Man Utd on alert amid transfer deadline
On the pitch, meanwhile, the search goes on to help boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer progress his team next season.
A new goalkeeper is reportedly among the summer transfer window priorities for the Red Devils.
AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma is a target and his employers have supposedly set the Italian a deadline to decide on his future, with his contract expiring this summer.