Manchester United will not appoint a technical director any time soon because the board feels that the role is partially filled by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan as it is, according to a report.
Ed Woodward initially outlined promises of installing a director at the start of last season, repeating the same message over the summer.
Following a miserable start to the season which has left United hovering two points above the relegation zone, calls for structural change from above have intensified.
According to a report in The Athletic, however, United’s hierarchy believes that Solskjaer and Phelan are already playing that role.
One of the reasons for the delay in the appointment of a technical director is that Solskjær and Phelan tend to perform part of the role anyway — bridge between academy and first team, planning a three year cycle and looking after the continuity of the club #mulive [the athletic]
— utdreport (@utdreport) October 16, 2019
The aforementioned pair have embarked on a three-year project whereby the club’s culture will change and young British players will dominate transfer policy, all of which is fine.
Why, though, does this mean United cannot have a director – a specialist, someone who really knows the business – who can oversee strategy and help with the actual recruitment side of things? Do United not know that knowing the transfer market constitutes a high-profile role in itself.
Either way, do not expect a technical director to arrive any time soon.