Change is in the air at Manchester United and it’s now being reported that the club’s head of corporate development, Matt Judge, has resigned.
Judge worked closely with Ed Woodward during the latter’s time as chief executive at Old Trafford. Woodward had become the club’s figurehead in the post-Ferguson era but the former investment banker delegated the negotiating of transfers and contracts to Matt Judge in 2016.
Here, MEN Sports examine what is known about him.
Judge joined the club in 2012 and has been involved in transfer and contract negotiations since 2016. Judge obtained a masters degree in economics and finance at Bristol University and pursued a 13-year career in investment banking before joining United.
How Judge describes himself
This quote is from the biography on Judge’s LinkedIn page: “Managing Manchester United’s equity and debt capital structure – three equity offerings incl the IPO, totaling over $450m; and three debt refinancings ($1bn+) – debt private placement, term-loan and RCF. Also player negotiations (transfers and playing contracts).”
Where Matt Judge sits in United’s hierarchical structure
Judge was widely seen as the right-hand man to Woodward during his time as chief executive and was heavily involved in United’s recruitment. Judge was understood to be the man who sounds out agents and whether players want to come and often the point of contact representing both United players in negotiations over new deals and United players hold an interest in.
What Jose Mourinho said about Matt Judge
“I know my people is doing everything they can,” Mourinho said. “The owners with the green light, Mr Woodward working hard with Matt Judge and everybody is giving everything they can and I think they are going to be successful.”
Transfers Matt Judge has overseen at Old Trafford to date
Eric Bailly (£30 million from Villarreal, June 2016)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free from Paris Saint-Germain, July 2016)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26 million from Borussia Dortmund, July 2016)
Paul Pogba (£89 million from Juventus, August 2016)
Victor Lindelof (£30 million from Benfica, July 2017)
Romelu Lukaku (£75 million from Everton, July 2017)
Nemanja Matic (£40 million from Chelsea, July 2017)
Alexis Sanchez (swap deal with Arsenal involving Mkhitaryan, January 2018)
Diogo Dalot (£17.4 million from Porto, July 2018)
Fred (£52 million from Porto, July 2018)
Lee Grant (£1.5 million from Stoke, July 2018)
Paul Woolston (free, Newcastle United, November 2018)
Daniel James (£17 million from Swansea, July 2019)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£45million from Crustal Palace, July 2019)
Harry Maguire (£80million from Leicester, August 2019)
Bruno Fernandes (£56.7million from Sporting Lisbon, January 2020)
Donny van de Beek (£35million from Ajax, August 2020)
Alex Telles (£15million from Porto, October 2020)
Facundo Pellistri (£9million from Penarol, October 2020)
Love (£33million from Atalanta, January 2021)
Jadon Sancho (£73million from Borussia Dortmund, July 2021)
Raphael Varane (£34million from Real Madrid, July 2021)
Tom Heaton (free from Aston Villa, July 2021)
Cristiano Ronaldo (£13million from Juventus, August 2021)
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.