Manchester United have released a statement confirming that Ed Woodward will be leaving the club.

But there is a catch. He won’t leave right away.

Instead, Woodward will hang around at a party like an uninvited guest and stay on the post until the end of 2021.

Woodward said in his club statement: “I really wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure and I’m sure the foundations are in place so that we can win them back to our passionate fans.”

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Joel Glazer comments

The villain of the hour, co-owner Joel Glazer, said, “Ed Woodward has served the club with great honors. On behalf of all United employees, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for his tireless work and dedication.

“His contribution to the club has been tremendous and he will always be welcome at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.”

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The announcement made no mention of the Super League, which certainly anticipated Woodward’s departure.

It’s possible this was planned anyway, and this announcement was made simply to reassure fans amid the outrage over the Super League.

Glazer’s comments don’t suggest he’s ready to leave, but he should be.

He mastered this Super League process despicably without regard to the fans. It’s time he plans to follow Woodward out the door.

It is of course possible that Woodward will stay to help the glaziers secure a sale until the end of the year. But that’s probably just wishful thinking.

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