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Manchester United set to appoint Man City’s Omar Berrada as the new CEO

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In a stunning development, Manchester United is on the brink of finalising the appointment of Omar Berrada from Manchester City as their new chief executive, as per a major revelation by David Ornstein.

In the wake of Richard Arnold’s departure from Old Trafford, coinciding with INEOS’ impending acquisition of a 25 percent stake in the club, United has been in pursuit of a new CEO. This search has led them to Berrada, a pivotal figure in Manchester City’s recent triumphs both on and off the field.

According to David Ornstein’s report, United prioritised finding a candidate with an established football background and robust business acumen. Berrada, with his impressive tenure at City and previous experience at Barcelona, fits this profile perfectly.

Set to oversee both the executive and business aspects at United, Berrada will also have a seat on the club’s board of directors and report to the new ownership structure, as per Ornstein.

The report states, his recruitment, initiated by INEOS but also backed by the Glazers, signals a joint decision, highlighting INEOS’ burgeoning influence as the club awaits formal confirmation of its investment.

This move is seen as a major strategic win for United, especially considering the discreet and efficient manner of Berrada’s acquisition during a time of considerable transformation for the 20-time English champions.

Berrada, in his role at City Football Group, which owns Manchester City and several other clubs globally, worked in close collaboration with City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain on aspects including transfers and contracts, playing a key role in the high-profile signing of Erling Haaland in the summer of 2022.

Prior to his current role, Berrada served as City’s commercial director and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2016, following his transfer from Barcelona in 2011 where he held key roles for nearly eight years.

The Athletic also reported that Berrada had previously turned down CEO positions at another Premier League club, various teams, and a major franchise.

Patrick Stewart, who stepped in as United’s interim CEO following Arnold’s exit, has been with the club since 2006. His role as the club’s chief legal officer and general counsel involves overseeing legal and regulatory affairs and managing key stakeholder relationships.

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