Manchester United close to appointing new deputy football director

Manchester United are hoping to announce a deputy football director in the coming weeks to assist football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher.

It sounds like the list of responsibilities for Murtough and Fletcher has grown in recent times, with the managerial search currently at the top of their agenda, but as soon as that is finalised they will be moving on with the latest project.

According to The Telegraph, the process to find a deputy football director is down to the final three candidates, including former Liverpool coach Andy O’Boyle.

However, the other two candidates remain unknown.

Paul Mitchell was recently spotted as Ralf Rangnick’s guest at an FA Youth Cup match and the Daily Mail claim that he looks set to be sacked as sporting director at AS Monaco. He made a name for himself at Southampton but moved with Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham.

When asked to explain why he was in Manchester with Rangnick, Mitchell told Monaco-Matin, as cited by the Daily Mail: “No, it’s just that I grew up there and so did my wife. My accent comes from there.

“A part of our family is based there, and my daughter has just bought her first house. I therefore go back there when I can.

“I’m proud to come from there. I will admit that every time I return, Ralf asks me to come for a coffee.

“We’re friends, close ones. We worked a lot together. We had success at Leipzig and travelled around the world.

“I had two free hours that day and, before returning to Monaco, I went to see the Youth Cup game with him.”

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