David Gill to step down at Manchester United

Ferguson pays tribute to the man he's had 'a million arguments' with as United chief exec Gill announces decision to step down

: October – Appointed vice chairman of the Football Association.
2013: February 20 – Announces he will step down as chief executive of United plc on 30 June 2013, but will remain a director of the football club.

Upon announcing his decision to stand down, he said: 'It
has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16
wonderful years – the last 10 of which as its chief executive.

'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 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.'

Gill,
who will remain a director at the club, was appointed vice chairman on
the Football Association in 2012 and has been nominated as its candidate
in the upcoming UEFA Executive Committee elections later this year.

He added: 'I am looking forward to
continuing my involvement on the club board. And I hope to be able to
make a contribution to the game on a wider national and European level.'

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