Manchester United confirm appointment of new Director of Football operations

Manchester United have announced the appointment of David Harrison as Director of Football operations.

Harrison is Alan Dawson’s successor, as he will be leaving the club after 11 years. He joins from fellow Premier League side Everton where he has spent the past 27 years in the same role.

Having started his career at Old Trafford in the ticket office, he will now return to manage football administration, team travel and player support for the men’s, women’s and Academy teams whilst being based primarily at Carrington.

Harrison will report to Football Director John Murtough, who issued a statement regarding the club’s new addition, via the United website: “David is known as one of the most able and respected operators in football and we are delighted that he has chosen to join Manchester United. He will bring deep experience and knowledge to this important role, and add further strength to the support structure we are building around our football teams, to give our players and staff the best chance of success.”

Whilst Harrison said: “I’m excited to be taking this role at time of such opportunity and promise for Manchester United. I will always cherish my memories of 27 years at Everton and wish everyone at Goodison and Finch Farm all the best for the future. Now, my focus is on helping Manchester United create the best possible operating environment to support success on the pitch.”

Deadline for takeover bids

The news comes on a day that could be pivotal to the future of the club, given the speculation regarding a potential takeover. All interested parties had been urged to submit their bids by today.

We will report any further updates as they come.

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