Manchester United might be set to appoint their first ever Director of Football, according to Guardian.
Manchester United are one of the world’s biggest football clubs. Let alone being a club, the Red Devils are also a huge brand name throughout the world. However, one odd thing about them is that in over one hundred years of the club’s history, there has never been a sporting director in the core directors at the club.
The Red Devils have now made a decision to appoint a director of football after miserable transfer activity this summer. While Jose Mourinho did manage to add Fred, Lee Grant and Diogo Dalot to his roster, he is absolutely angered by the board’s lack of ambitions of bringing in the desired targets in over a month long transfer period.
Manchester United were seemingly rejected by players like Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin, while players like Maguire and Alderweireld were not signed. Similarly, the Premier League giants also made no effort to make sure a right winger arrives despite being linked with players such as Ivan Perisic and Gareth Bale.
United are set to appoint their first director of football as soon as the current restructure of the club and expansion of facilities are complete. #mufc [Guardian]
— Simply Utd (@SimplyUtd) August 11, 2018
It is not known how Jose Mourinho will react to the news of the director’s addition but it is fair to assume he would be happy. This would mean that transfer businesses are carried out in a more efficient and economically helpful manner. The appointment of a director of football would bridge the gap between the coaching staff and executives working at the club.
The Red Devils are thought to be influenced by Manchester City’s success after the appointment of Txiki Begiristain as sporting director. He was fundamental as the club landed a lot of quality players and appointed Pep Guardiola as manager in 2016. Since then, the club has been on an uphill ride. His expertise is a major off-field reason for City’s triumphs.
While there is no shortlist available yet as to who might join Ed Woodward’s team, it could be a very reputed businessman. Some clubs like Barcelona or Real Madrid also have former players who use their industry knowledge and prior experience of negotiations to formulate deals for their respective clubs.