Ed Woodward’s proposed exit was coming at the worst possible time given Manchester United’s current turmoil as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position is under serious threat
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Ed Woodward’s plan to take on a consultancy role at Manchester United could be a huge blow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.
The executive vice-chairman was set to leave Old Trafford at the end of the year, but it’s been reported that he could be staying put after all as he is set to retain some influence at the club, according to the Daily Mail.
Woodward is in talks with the club over a new position that would allow the hierarchy to call upon his knowledge when and if required, something which is common practice at firms when an executive departs.
But this move could have major ramifications on Solskjaer whose job is hanging by a thread after the Red Devils’ 2-0 defeat by Manchester City.
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Woodward’s proposed exit was coming at the worst possible time given the club’s current turmoil and Gary Neville reckons his impending departure was actually keeping the Solskjaer in a job as the United chief wouldn’t want the Norwegian’s dismissal to be his final act.
He said: “The situation at United is made more complicated with Ed Woodward leaving in weeks.
“He gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a three-year contract months ago and he won’t want his final act to be sacking a manager.”
If this was the case, Solskjaer would at least have until January to turn things around when a new CEO would replace Woodward.
But if Woodward stays at the club in some capacity, there is a chance United could bite the bullet a lot sooner as he would likely help the Red Devils in the process of appointing Solskjaer’s successor.
And it’s claimed Man United have already started compiling a shortlist of potential replacements if the Norwegian’s position becomes untenable.
Brendan Rodgers is the leading contender, but the club are aware of how difficult it would be to appoint him from Leicester midway through the campaign.
Appointing a manager from now until the end of the season is a route they could go down, however, something that is being considered by United.
Former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick, who now has a senior role at Lokomotiv Moscow, would reportedly be an ideal candidate in the short-term after impressing Woodward during informal meetings.
Woodward might not exclusively work for United in this new role, but they will likely lean on his experience to help them get through this major transition as smoothly as possible.
And undoubtedly one of the main issues on the agenda will be to stabilise the position of the manager which could realistically involve sacking Solskjaer, whether that happens now or later down the line.
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