Man United’s Sir Alex Ferguson: David Gill decision is ‘big loss’ for me

Sir Alex Ferguson describes David Gill’s decision to step down as chief executive of Manchester United as a "big loss" for the Scot

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Sir Alex Ferguson described David Gill as a "magnificent" CEO Photo: The Sport Review

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Sir Alex Ferguson has described David Gill’s decision to step down as chief executive of Manchester United as a “big loss” for the Scot.

Gill announced on Wednesday that he will leave his role at Old Trafford on 30 June after holding the position since 2003. Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward will assume Gill’s responsibilities.

“David has been a magnificent chief executive,” said Ferguson.

“Of course, we have had a million arguments, but I have always enjoyed them because I know that David has two great qualities: he is straight and he always puts Manchester United first.

“No disagreement is ever personal with him. He always wants the best for United.

“Him stepping down is a big loss to me but the fact that he is staying on the board encourages me that the reason for his departure is heartfelt, that he believes it is time for the club to move on.

“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.”

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