Gill stands down from his role after ten years as an executive chief, expecting to be appointed to the Uefa’s executive committee this summer. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will replace him at Old Trafford.
Ferguson paid tribute to Gill: “David has been magnificent. Of course, we have had a million arguments”, the manager said.
“But I always enjoyed them because I know that David has two great qualities — he is straight and he always puts Manchester United first”, he added.
Fergie labelled Gill’s stepping down as “a big loss” and wished hecould have made him continue at Old Trafford: “If I could have found a way of persuading him to stay, I would love to have done that”, he admits.
But the manager understands and support the chief’s decision: “He has made his decision and I respect him for it”.
Gill joined United in 1997 as a finance director, and assumed the chief executive role in September 2003. After standing down in June he is expected to remain linked to United in a non-executive role.