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“I’m told” – Fabrizio Romano shares update on Man Utd appointing new sporting director after Sir Ratcliffe takeover deal accepted

Manchester United is actively considering the addition of a sporting director to their boardroom, and Fabrizio Romano, in an exclusive interview with GIVEMESPORT, has hinted at a potential candidate. The Red Devils, under the current management of Erik ten Hag, are on the brink of significant changes, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s forthcoming minority investment in the club expected. This follows Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani’s withdrawal from the race to purchase Manchester United from the Glazers, as they couldn’t agree on a price with the American owners.

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Here’s the latest on Manchester United’s pursuit of a new sporting director:

  1. Sporting Director Shortlist: The I reports that Manchester United has compiled a list of potential sporting directors. One notable candidate is Dan Ashworth from Newcastle United, who played a significant role in the club’s transformation from relegation candidates to Champions League participants. He also boasts a successful track record from his time at Brighton & Hove Albion.
  2. Michael Edwards: The club is also considering former Liverpool director Michael Edwards, who was responsible for key deals involving players like Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, and Andrew Robertson. Edwards is known for signing top talent at reasonable prices during his tenure at Liverpool.
  3. Current Leadership: John Murtough and Richard Arnold, who are currently football director and chief executive, respectively, hope to retain their positions and have been working to convince Ratcliffe of their capabilities. The future minority investor, responsible for overseeing football operations, is not expected to make immediate sweeping changes.
  4. Paul Mitchell: Internally at Old Trafford, there have been discussions about Paul Mitchell as a potential sporting director. However, no final decisions have been made. Mitchell is highly regarded in football circles, particularly in English football, and is well-connected with important figures in the sport. The situation is still open, and discussions are ongoing.

While the search for a sporting director continues, changes at Manchester United are anticipated, given INEOS chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s potential 25% ownership stake in the club. The club is in a period of transition, both on and off the field.

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