A FORMER Brentwood School boy has been appointed the new chief executive of Manchester United.
Ed Woodward will have overall responsibility for the club, including player transfers and its £160 million salary bill. Last year's revenue was £320 million.
Mr Woodward, who attended Brentwood School from 1983 to 1990, has been at Old Trafford for eight years and will take over from Manchester United chief executive David Gill in the summer.
A former investment banker, the 40-year-old said he had very fond memories of his time at Brentwood and was still in contact with many of his old school friends.
While at Brentwood he crossed paths with the school's other notable footballing hero – Frank Lampard – who attended the school between 1985 and 1995.
"I made lifelong friendships with grounded individuals," he explained.
"Being friends still with so many people from school is a great testament to Brentwood.
"My favourite teacher was Mr Little who taught English."
He will retain the title of executive vice-chairman but will take over David Gill's duties from July 1.
"This appointment is a great honour," he said. "Manchester United is a glorious football club.
"We have wonderfully loyal fans, a deeply rich history and tradition but also aren't afraid to lead and to innovate.
"I am particularly humbled to have the chance to work alongside the greatest manager in the history of the game.
"Alex's experience and track record are incomparable and I look forward to having the opportunity to support him in shaping his squad in the future and maintaining the club's position at the pinnacle of the sport."
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson welcomed Mr Woodward's appointment, adding: "He is a young man with the energy and drive to help keep United at the forefront of the game and to help us maintain our success on the field.
"I'm looking forward to working with him and wish him all the best."
Headmaster Ian Davies said: "Ed's success is an inspiration to all Brentwood pupils. The School has acted as a springboard for yet another OB's amazing career."