Updated: Sunday, 17th February 2019 @ 6:14am

'Big loss': Long-serving Manchester United chief executive David Gill announces summer departure

'Big loss': Long-serving Manchester United chief executive David Gill announces summer departure

By Chris Bailey

Sir Alex Ferguson is rueing the ‘big loss’ of David Gill after the Manchester United chief executive announced he is to step down from his role in June.

Gill took over the position in 2003 – after Peter Kenyon jumped ship to join Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea – having been on the club’s board as finance director since 1997.

Ferguson has hauled in four Premier League titles and a Champions League working in tandem with Gill, leaving the Scot disappointed with his imminent departure.

“Him stepping down is a big loss to me,” said Ferguson.

"We've had a million arguments but I've enjoyed them because David is straight and always puts Manchester United first.”

Gill admits he is leaving with a heavy heart, but will hope to do so in style with the Red Devils still in contention for the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

“It has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16 wonderful years,” he explained.

“It was a very hard decision as I love the 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 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.

The move may signal Gill’s desire to become more involved in football’s authoritative bodies after being appointed FA vice-chairman last October.

He is also in the running in May’s upcoming UEFA Executive Committee elections.

Current executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will assume Gill’s responsibilities at United.

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