European football’s governing body UEFA has appointed Philip Townsend as its new managing director of communications.
It is not the first time Uefa have taken someone from Manchester United in recent years. Former chief executive David Gill currently holds a position on the Uefa Executive commitee after leaving Old Trafford in 2013. He was replaced by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward who has held the job ever since.
Townend will join the organisation in June having spent the past 14 years at English Premier League giants Manchester United, where he was director of communications.
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the administrative body for association football in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.