Football: Manchester United chief executive David Gill to step down

MANCHESTER (AP) - Manchester United chief executive David Gill will step down down in June as he prepares to focus on trying to win one of the leading jobs in European football.

Already vice chairman of the English Football Association, Gill is standing for election in May for a spot on Uefa's executive committee.

Gill's responsibilities from July 1 at Man United will be assumed by executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.

After arriving at United as finance director in 1997, Gill became CEO in 2003, two years before the takeover by the American Glazer family.

Gill, 55, has worked closely with manager Alex Ferguson in maintaining a competitive team, which currently holds a 12-point lead in the Premier League title race.

Ferguson says Gill "stepping down is a big loss to me."