That’s according to BBC Sport journalist Simon Stone, who covers the Red Devils and cross-town rivals Manchester City.
Townsend has been director of communications at Manchester United for 14 years having joined the club during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as manager.
And in that role he’s been responsible for maintaining United’s image during a period of sustained success, amid anti-Glazer protests and in the post-Ferguson era.
Stone has now revealed United are poised to announce Townsend’s departure though, with a role at UEFA waiting for him at the end of the season.
“No official announcement yet but director of comms, Phil Townsend to leave @ManUtd at end of season to take up similar role @UEFA,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Has been in job since Feb 2004. Worked closely with SAF and David Gill. Will move to Switzerland.”
Townsend previously opened up about his love for United during an interview with PRWeek.com.
Asked what his must have item is, he replied: “My United season ticket.”
And he responded “a job with Manchester United” when asked to name the best thing he got without spending money.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who Townsend reports to, will be on the lookout for someone to take up the key position from the summer.