According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are ready to offer Mike Phelan the role of technical director, with Michael Carrick being promoted in the coaching staff.
It is alleged that discussions have taken place with the head of corporate development, Matt Judge, but there is no contract on the table just yet.
Phelan is a highly respected figure at Manchester United having played for the club, worked alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The manager probably won’t like the idea of losing Phelan as an assistant coach after asking him to join him at United back in December. They haven’t had long to work together but everyone gets the impression they’re enjoying it and each other’s company.
But what does Phelan want? The Daily Mail claims he hopes to retain an influence on match days while Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward would like to conclude matters and give Phelan the reins.
This is likely to see Carrick become Solskjaer’s assistant. He has been part of the coaching staff since retiring as a player at the end of last season. Initially working under José Mourinho, the former United midfield is believed to have a greater influence under the Norwegian.
Kieran McKenna also expects to get fresh terms on his contract with the club.
They’ve put no time frame on this but hopefully, there’s an influence from a technical director when the transfer window reopens.
United cannot afford to mess around this summer.