Ed Woodward has resigned as executive vice president of Manchester United.
The movement comes amid the fury at plans to create a European Super League with six English teams, including Manchester United, and other top clubs from Spain and Italy.
All Premier League clubs involved in ESL – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – have now pulled out of the breakaway plan.
It leaves only Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus still involved.
Mr Woodward, 49, accepted the job at Old Trafford in 2013 and played a key role in the controversial competition.
He had been criticized for the new league by UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin.
Mr Woodward had already agreed to step down at the end of this year, but the announcement was made, according to Sky Sports News.
It is understood that he will continue in his role with United until the end of 2021.
He said in a statement: “I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honor to work for the biggest football club in the world for the past 16 years.
“The club is well placed for the future and it will be difficult to leave at the end of the year.
“I will cherish the memories of my time at Old Trafford, when we won the Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup.
“I desperately wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure and I’m sure the groundwork is in place for us to win it back for our passionate fans.”
He was an unpopular figure with fans for a period at United which saw very expensive signings but little success.
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This notice was published: 2021-04-20 19:01:00