Omar Berrada Joins Rival Club’s Ranks in Strategic Move
In a dramatic move showcasing clear intent, Manchester United announced the appointment of Omar Berrada as its new CEO on Saturday night, successfully poaching him from rival club Manchester City.
The announcement follows United’s search for a successor to Richard Arnold, who departed the club in November. Omar Berrada, who has demonstrated success both on and off the field with City Football Group, emerged as the fitting candidate for the role.
Berrada, who served nearly a decade at Manchester City, most recently as the chief football operations officer, is set to bring his wealth of experience to Old Trafford. The decision to appoint Berrada was reportedly made in consultation with United owners Joel and Avram Glazer, along with Jim Ratcliffe, whose Ineos firm has recently secured a deal to acquire up to a 25% stake in the Premier League club.
Patrick Stewart will continue in his role as interim chief executive until Berrada’s official start date is revealed by Manchester United. The club, in a statement, expressed its determination to place football and on-field performance at the core of its operations, marking a significant shift in focus.
“Manchester United is pleased to announce the appointment of Omar Berrada as its new CEO. The club is determined to put football and performance on the pitch back at the heart of everything we do,” stated the club. “Omar’s appointment represents the first step on this journey.”
Highlighting Berrada’s extensive experience, the statement on X (formerly Twitter) mentioned, “He is currently serving as chief football operations officer for City Football Group overseeing 11 clubs across five continents and, prior to this, held senior roles at Barcelona.”
The announcement reinforces Manchester United’s ambition to reclaim its status as a title-winning club, signaling a strategic move to strengthen the club’s leadership and reshape its future trajectory.
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