What a historic afternoon!
The Athletic and David Ornstein have just announced that Manchester United are set to make a huge appointment in the boardroom.
As the dust settles on Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s ownership stake in the club, it seems that he and his team are not taking long to make their mark.
It seems that their first call of duty was to appoint a new CEO after the role was vacated by Richard Arnold in November.
And the appointment is one from within Manchester.
That’s because United are set to appoint current Manchester City Chief Football Operations Officer as their new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Manchester City have released a statement to The Athletic in response to the news that Omar Berrada is set to leave the club to join Manchester United as the new CEO at Old Trafford.
Confirming the news to The Athletic, a Manchester City statement read: “Manchester City Football Club can confirm that Omar Berrada has resigned from his role as chief football operations officer at City Football Group.
“The club understands his decision to look for a new challenge and he leaves with our thanks and best wishes.”
Manchester United fans will be delighted with the news.
Not only has the football side of things been looked at by Sir Jim and his team, but they’ve actually appointed someone with football knowledge.
A criticism of the Glazer family was that they didn’t have football people in important positions in the club. Former United captain Gary Neville has blasted the owners consistently for not having best in class in those roles. It now seems that Sir Jim has decided to poach someone from City, a club that has been super strong over the past decade while United have declined, and place a leading football man in that role.
Berrada has not only worked at City, but he was also a prominent member of staff at Barcelona before his latest role in England.
United have not yet confirmed the news nor have they released a statement of their own.
When they do, it is a statement that will surely be received positively from fans.
🚨🚨🌕| MAJOR BREAKING:
Manchester United set to appoint Omar Berrada from rivals Manchester City as their new CEO.
— centredevils. (@centredevils) January 20, 2024