Manchester United will reportedly aim to finally appoint a director of football this summer.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward first considered the idea of filling the role two seasons ago after seeing most clubs with effective recruitment models headed by a director of football.
And according to the Telegraph, the position is now back on the agenda for Woodward, who believes the club could benefit from a specialist overseeing football operations.
It is noted that a first-ever director of football will not change the direction of the club, rather co-operate with the current culture instilled by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The post would not be restricted to just recruitment either, with work around the AON training complex and the development of the newly-formed women’s team also important to Woodward.
United’s recruitment in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era has been disastrous, but there has been some promise in the business done by Solskjaer so far.
The Norwegian has earned praise for his proficiency in the transfer market and should be rewarded with large funds to accelerate his rebuild this summer.
And a director of football could facilitate the arrival of priority targets as well as relinquish some of the power Woodward still holds in making key on-field decisions.
Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta, Juventus’ Fabio Paratici and Antero Henrique have all been mentioned in the Telegraph’s report as potential occupants of the new role.
It is understood that Woodward is in no immediate hurry to resume his hunt, as his current focus is on completing the season and settling the financial issues amid the coronavirus pandemic.