In anticipation of initiating a radical change at Manchester United, Sir Jim Ratcliffe has reorganized the organization of his cycling squad.
The billionaire British is getting close to acquiring a twenty-five percent share in the Premier League powerhouses. After that is done, he will take over all football-related responsibilities at Old Trafford, and a lot of adjustments should be implemented.
As CEO, Ratcliffe is expected to appoint a successor to Richard Arnold, who has already resigned. After Erik ten Hag’s team had a terrible start to the season, football director John Murtough is also probably going to be let go.
Ratcliffe is not just changing things at United; he is also revamping the Ineos Grenadiers’ management structure. Rod Ellingworth, the cycling squad’s deputy team principal, has quit, the Daily Telegraph reports.
One of the team’s founders, Ellingworth was a member of the initial management group when Team Sky was established in 2009. The 51-year-old had been in daily command of the team; the reasons for his departure remain unknown.
However, as there had been allegations of conflict within Ineos in recent months, he did not have the final say over strategy or transfers. Last season, a number of prominent players left, including Ben Tulett, Dani Martinez, Pavel Sivakov, and Tao Geoghegan Hart, who all signed with opposing teams.
However, experienced Geraint Thomas, Josh Tarling, Carlos Rodriguez, and multiple world and Olympic winner Tom Pidcock are still on the team. There are rumours that Ellingworth’s departure has not been formally announced to the riders.
The Grenadiers, who last won the Tour de France in 2020, have been going through a transformation for a while now. Currently serving as the team principal for Ineos, Dave Brailsford has been spending more time with Ratcliffe’s various athletic pursuits.
It is anticipated that he will leave his position to assume a position at United following Ratcliffe’s buyout. Arnold will remain at the club until the end of December to assist with transitional procedures, despite having announced his departure earlier this week.
In addition to remaining in his current capacity as general counsel, Patrick Stewart will assume the role of acting CEO. As a way of thanking Arnold for his contributions, the Glazers, the current owners, will begin a permanent replacement hunt.
Co-chairman Joel Glazer expressed his gratitude to Richard for his exceptional 16 years of service to Manchester United and wished him well in his future ambitions at the announcement of the news.
“We are lucky to have Patrick Stewart’s extensive knowledge and experience at our disposal to offer stability and continuity in the interim while we start the search for a new permanent CEO.”