AHEAD OF THE GAME: Ed Woodward will NOT delay his departure to hire new Manchester United boss… but executive vice-chairman is likely to be offered a consultancy role to stay at Old Trafford

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  • Ed Woodward will step down at Manchester United as planned in April
  • Managing director Richard Arnold is set to replace Woodward
  • Meanwhile, Brentford’s Boffin has concluded that he should finish 15th.
  • And Derby is willing to gamble on Wayne Rooney’s £90,000-a-week salary

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Ed Woodward is set to step down as Manchester United’s executive vice president, as did managing director Richard Arnold, as planned in April.

While Woodward played a role in dramatic events at Old Trafford last week with the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the recruitment of Ralph Rangnick as interim manager, he does not plan to stay until a permanent appointment next summer.


Managing director Richard Arnold (L) is set to succeed Ed Woodward (R) at Man United

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Arnold is understood to want to take over as soon as possible, although the final decision on the timing of the transition rests with the Glazer family.

Woodward is likely to be offered a consulting role at United whenever he eventually leaves, with the club eager to maintain his contacts and influence in the industry.

We’re living upstairs, say Brentford!

Brentford’s phenomenal mathematical approach to the transfer market and performance analytics has enabled the club to punch above its weight, and fans are hopeful that Boffins will continue to deliver.

After studying the latest figures after 12 Premier League matches, Brentford’s team has concluded that they should finish 15th, leaving Thomas Frank’s players five games without a league win against Everton before Sunday’s game. Should give some confidence after a run.

Brentford giants believe they should finish 15th in the Premier League this season

Brentford giants believe they should finish 15th in the Premier League this season

New Prem directors want to delay independent regulator

The Premier League’s recent director of policy and corporate affairs, Helen McNamara, has emerged as a key player in top-flight efforts to delay and reduce the recommendations of Tracy Crouch’s fan-led review, which was unveiled this week. The creation of an independent was called for. Greater redistribution of funds to the regulator and lower divisions.

The former deputy cabinet secretary, who is effectively No. 2 in the Premier League to chief executive Richard Masters, has impeccable ties in government after spending 20 years in the civil service and is well placed to make the case for the big clubs. It is learned that major reforms harm the competitiveness of the league and its global position.

McNamara has already made his presence felt in strong talks with the EFL, and will lead the Premier League’s efforts to delay any major changes until after the next general election.

Rooney’s wages are out of bounds!

Derby administrator Quantuma is resisting the temptation to save money by cutting Wayne Rooney’s pay as he sees the manager as the club’s biggest asset in his efforts to find a buyer.

Despite Derby’s dire financial situation, the former England captain is still receiving his full £90,000 a week salary, including a £83m loan, another £153m ‘soft loan’ due to former boss Mel Morris, and a total of £630,000 of cash assets.

Wayne Rooney still receiving £90,000 a week despite Derby's dire financial situation

Wayne Rooney still receiving £90,000 a week despite Derby’s dire financial situation

Quantuma reasons that retaining Rooney will generate more interest in the club, a gamble that looks to be paying off as the Malaysian-backed consortium rivals a £50m offer for Derby from American businessman Chris Kirchner this month emerged from.

EFL left upset by Villa chief

EFL clubs have been irritated this week by Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow’s false claim that the Premier League has lent £250 million to lower divisions to help them through the pandemic.

Borrowing Purslow as he argued against calls for more redistribution was a £117.5m loan to the EFL provided by MetLife Investment Management which was agreed to be distributed among Championship clubs in March.

The Premier League was involved in the process, but their only financial contribution was committed to pay up to £15m to help secure the lending facility.

EFL clubs are irritated by Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow this week

EFL clubs are irritated by Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow this week

The Premier League has provided £50m in aid for struggling clubs in League One and Two, as well as up to £20m in monitored loans, so their total aid to the EFL during the pandemic is almost a quarter of £250m. Persona.

Perhaps he was speculating that EFL clubs have lost sight of missing gate receipts over the past two years.


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