Manchester United has officially announced the appointment of Omar Berrada as their new CEO, confirming his transition from his previous role as chief football operations officer at City Football Group, where he notably served Manchester City. This move comes following the departure of former Man Utd CEO Richard Arnold in November, coinciding with INEOS Group’s negotiations for a 25% stake in the club.
Omar Berrada, recognized for his extensive experience in top-tier European football, previously held significant positions at Barcelona. The club emphasized its commitment to refocusing on football and on-field performance, with Berrada’s appointment as the initial step in that direction. Serving as the Chief Football Operations Officer for City Football Group, overseeing 11 clubs across five continents, Berrada brings a combination of football and commercial expertise to Manchester United.
The statement from Manchester United expressed the ambition to restore the club to title-winning status, citing Berrada’s proven leadership and passion for driving positive change. The announcement also mentioned that Patrick Stewart, the current interim CEO, will continue in the role until Berrada’s official starting date is determined.
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The club’s ultimate goal is to see the “red flag flying high at the summit of English, European, and world football,” and they look forward to Omar Berrada playing a crucial role in achieving this objective. The specific start date for Berrada will be communicated in due course.