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Manchester United reach interview stage after pressing ahead with new hire

Manchester United are recruiting a deputy football director to work under John Murtough ahead of a massive summer for the Old Trafford club, claims a reliable source.

According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, United have realised that Murtough’s football director work is too much for the 49-year-old. Murtough needs some help and the club are already getting a short-list of candidates together.

Previously the club’s head of football development, Murtough, was last year appointed football director at Old Trafford.

Former midfielder Darren Fletcher was also promoted to a technical director position.

The new man will help ease the burden on Murtough and will report into Murtough, who joined United in November 2013 after being brought in by David Moyes.

United are desperately trying to revamp their staffing behind the scenes and the new man will help them do exactly that.

“The recruitment process is already believed to be at interview stage,” according to the report.

One man who may well have been on United’s radar is Dan Ashworth.

Former FA man Ashworth has resigned from his director of football role at Brighton to take up a similar position at Newcastle.

Of course Murtough ultimately reports into new CEO Richard Arnold, who took over from Ed Woodward at the start of the month.

And Gary Neville says Arnold has to promote a shift in culture at the club.

Neville focuses on dressing room

Neville told Sky Sports: “All the managers have said the same, haven’t they? I suppose, in some ways, that the dressing room has not been great when they have got there, and they have wanted to get rid of players and get rid of staff.

“It has happened. We saw David Moyes do it. We saw Louis van Gaal do it, who brought all of his own staff in. And we saw Jose Mourinho do it. We saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer do it. We’re now seeing Ralf Rangnick do it.

 

“That continuity in that plan has not been there; there has been a sudden shift every single time.

“Manchester United have now got a new CEO. But he has only had his feet under the table for about three or four weeks. There is an element of obviously giving Richard Arnold time to be able to assess the situation…

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