Manchester United have hired John Murtough into the newly created position of Football Director at Old Trafford. Darren Fletcher, who has been coaching the first team since January, has been named as the club’s first Technical Director and will report to Murtough.
The potential restructuring has been in the works for quite a while, since Ed Woodward claimed he would make a director of football ‘a priority’ after the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December 2018.
Fletcher has previously claimed he may lack experience for the role, but the hierarchy within Old Trafford have been incredibly impressed with the work he has done thus far. The feeling is he has much to offer in terms of recruitment for the senior and youth teams.
Murtough has been at the club for seven years since Moyes brought him to the club back in January 2014 and he has been instrumental in improving recruitment, the academy and the women’s team.
How will the changes affect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
Ultimately not much will change for the manager. The restructure is regarded as an evolution rather than a revolution, and consequently, Solskjaer will retain all of the power and authority that he currently holds, including a veto when it comes to transfers.
Solskjaer has been aware of these restructuring plans ever since he was hired as interim manager back in December 2018 and he already has positive existing relationships with Fletcher and Murtough so the transition should occur without any issues.
Now they finally have a settled hierarchal structure, time will tell whether it can make an impact on United’s effort to bring the title back to Old Trafford.
Elsewhere, this due could answer Klopp’s centre back conundrum.