Manchester United chief executive David Gill will step down on 30 June, still remaining a director of the club, the Premier League club confirmed. Gill joined United in February 1997 as finance director before becoming chief executive in 2003.
Gill said: «It has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United. I have worked alongside the finest manager in the history of the game and been part of what I consider to be the best club in the best sport in the world. It has been a very hard decision because I love this club and, as the fans’ banner says, it is ‘more than a religion’.»
«I’ve experienced some incredible highs, such as the Treble in 1999 and the Premier League and Champions League double in 2008, and lows, like losing the title with the last kick of the season last year. But that is what makes this club and this sport so compelling.»
Sir Alex Ferguson said: «Him stepping down is a big loss to me but the fact that he is staying on the board encourages me. If I could have found a way of persuading him to stay I would love to have done that. But he has made his decision and I respect him for it.»