Manchester United has appointed John Alexander, currently Club Secretary at Tottenham Hotspur, as only its fifth Secretary since the War. He will take up the post when Ken Ramsden retires at the end of the season.
John has been the Secretary at Spurs since 2000 and before that was Club Secretary at Watford. He began his association with the game as a player with Millwall, Reading and Northampton Town, before retiring in 1982.
His appointment follows a recruitment process, announced in September 2009, which included advertisements in national newspapers which attracted many high quality applications from the world of football and beyond. John will join the Group Executive committee at the Club.
David Gill welcomed the appointment. He said: “John is the perfect candidate to succeed Ken. He is a real football man with a wealth of experience in the game. Everyone is delighted that he has accepted the chance to play a major part in the Club’s development. The Club would like to thank Spurs for their co-operation during this process, in particular agreeing to John’s early release from his contractual obligations, which allows us to ensure continuity in the post when Ken retires.”
John Alexander said: “I am honoured to be offered the chance to be the Secretary at the world’s biggest football club. I have a series of very hard acts to follow, but I am looking forward to working with Sir Alex, David Gill and the team. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Tottenham and leave with very happy memories. I would like to thank Daniel Levy, the Board and all my colleagues there for all the help and support I have received over the last ten seasons.”
John Alexander is only the fifth post-war Secretary at Manchester United. He follows Walter Crickmer (who filled the post from 1926-1958 but died in the Munich air disaster), Les Olive (1958-1988), Kenneth Merrett (1988-2007) and Ken Ramsden (2007-2010).