By Noel Whelan

7th Sep, 2021 | 10:05am

Pundit makes 'massive' Man United claim after Sky update on Woodward successor

Richard Arnold will be tasked with re-building the trust at Man United if he is appointed Ed Woodward’s successor.

That is the view of former Premier League striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the imminent changing of the guard at Old Trafford.

According to Sky Sports (September 4th), Manchester United are close to appointing Richard Arnold as their next chief executive.

It comes after Woodward announced he would step down at the end of the year following the Red Devils’ involvement in the failed European Super League.

Arnold, who is currently United’s group managing director, is said to have been competing with at least two other club executives for the role.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if re-building fan trust would be top of the bill for Woodward’s successor, Whelan said:

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“It’s massively important. That trust needs to be built again.

“In that position you are acting for the owners. Whoever replaces Woodward needs to bring the fans and the club closer together. They need to be one again.

“There are a lot of clubs in the same boat. A lot of clubs need to build on their fan relationship and that should have been highlighted with the European Super League debacle.

“There needs to be better communication above all. That will lead to a closer relationship.

“Woodward burned his bridges. The ESL was the killer for him. He had to go.

“Arnold’s first job will be to build that trust back because it has been shattered.”

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